My amaraucana hen has ascites! Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PerfectPoultry, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Ok, my poor hen has bad a swollen abdomen for a while now and hasn't laid an egg, waddles, likes to stay away from flock. I read that she has ascites and you can drain them! How to do this...? Please help!

  2. spatulagirl

    spatulagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    You can drain it but she probably won't lay another egg.

    I had a leghorn with ascites and I drained her a few times but she never laid another egg (just internally, she had a huge mass in her abdomen) and it kept coming back so I put her down. She was miserable.

    Just get a thin long needle with a big syringe, stick it in the abdomen and drain. I pulled out a mason jar full of liquid from her a few times over the course of a few months. After you get most of it off, she will continue to drain from the holes as well.

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