Back in October of last year our hen went through a terrible 10 days- tube feeding and the works, and at the end of it, she passed a truly disgusting lash egg, then roared back to life. It was bittersweet- a little longer together with her but knowing this day would probably come. She's been well since recovering from that- never laid another egg, which is fine- but this week has shown a decreased appetite- today she was air-pecking the scratch. Once she was on the roost for the night I picked her up to confirm her crop was empty- it was -- so I brought her in, made up a syringe with my favorite mix of poltridrench, molasses and the Exact baby bird food with lots of water. From everything I've read there's no antibiotic that will clean it up. Almost immediately after the tube feeding, she perked up while I was trimming the icky feathers around her vent and started eating with great gusto before I drew any of the fluid off her abdomen. She's passed two bowel movements since, so have ruled out blockages and the like. I think the appetite problem is a direct result of the EYP. I did a draw on her abdomen using a 14 gauge needle (nice big hole makes for easy draws for thick material) and pulled out a bunch of thick pus with egg yolk chunks. I've drained water belly before on an old hen whose heart and liver were giving out - nice clear yellow fluid - this was nothing like that- and had a horrible stench. I'd post a picture of the abdomen contents, but old vs. new technology is getting in the way of that tonight and I don't yet have the right gizmo to make the two talk to each other. So- the question isn't the diagnosis- it's more a matter of how much of an immediate rebound she showed vs. how much pain she's actually in. It seems like most of the symptomatic behaviors come from the swollen abdomen putting pressure on the other organs as opposed to pain from the infection- but that's what I'm wondering given the almost immediate turnaround tonight. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.