Has anyone had success in treating a 3 year old hen who has ascites with hormone injections? If so, how long did she live after the treatment, and how many treatments total did your hen have? Was the hormone you used Lupron injections, or did you do the Deslorelin implants? What breeds of your hens have gotten ascites? What do you think was its cause? All feedback will be appreciated. My 3 year old Buff Orpington has ascites. Vet thinks it is reproductive system related and thinks hormone injection might help remove fluid. He has done this before and prolonged the life of one hen by 6 months. I'm thinking since it is lovely summer ahead, she might enjoy 6 more months of life? If it were winter, when she'd be confined, not so much. But if she can live out her days eating watermelon and pecking in the garden, would it be worth it for her? Cost $282.00 plus possible additional hormone injections needed at $195.00 each. Every 2 to 6 months. Without this, the doctor says she may live another couple of weeks. I have no children. Miscarried. My animals are my babies. I adopted her from an attorney friend who was downsizing and have had her 1 1/2 years. I am quite fond of her. Oh, and another thing. The vet seems eager to do the hormone injection. I think he sees it as experimental and possibly a way of furthering research into this condition of ascites. If I did it, her life could be used to help other hens. She wouldn't just die, but could possibly help further research via the treatment. Any thoughts? I know it is terribly expensive. Has anyone ever had this hormone treatment go awry, with terrible suffering for your hen, as a consequence? Please reply ASAP. I need to make a decision right away. Hen is still at vet's, awaiting my decision as to how to proceed.