Tama, our NH red hen, is usually very energetic, and hungry. She is the first to eat scaps. My son noticed today that she was not eating and upon picking her up, noticed that her belly was swollen, her heartbeat weak, and her breathing labored. Her usually, vibrant red comb was dry on the tips and turning a dark color. We took her to a vet. They were able to extract a sample of the fluid from her abdomen and observe it: clear and no white blood cells. They concluded that there was fluid building up in her abdomen. Inorder to relieve pressure, they drained as much fluid as possible (~300 ml). Tama's breathing became less labored. They administered fluids and Tama is now on antibiotics. Their initial diagnosis: ovarian cyst or the equivalent of an ectopic pregnancy (egg not developing correctly) is causing the fluid build-up. Surgery would be required for a fix. Vet suggested we go see a bird specialist if we are to move forward. Could the problem be something else? When we came home, my son noticed that the hen's vent is elongated, about 2-3 cm. After doing some research, he is thinking that maybe there is an egg stuck. We soaked Tama's vent/ bottom in a warm bath for 20 min. (a treatment he read about somewhere to help dislodge any "stuck" eggs). She hasn't laid in 2 - 3 days. Vet didn't say anything about the vent being large. How is this symptom related to the fluid build-up? Has anyone out there experienced these symptoms in your hen? Tama has been such a great, sweet pet. We'd like to do what's best for her... but am thinking that surgery is above and beyond. Maybe there's another diagnosis or fix? Thanks for any advice, insight, knowledge.