I have been putting off asking about my 3 yo BO hen, Butter, but I have finally gotten up the courage and am ready to hear the truth. Late last summer I noticed her abdomen was larger and harder than normal. About this same time I believe she stopped laying. During and after molting, the firmness and size decreased somewhat. Now that the day lengths are increasing, her comb and wattles have reddened up again and she has begun visiting the nest boxes once again, but not laying an egg. However, the firmness and size of her abdomen have increased again. She is about the size and firmness of a small cantaloupe. Everything about her is still normal, eating, drinking, socializing, roosting, foraging, etc. The only thing I have noticed is a noticeable difference in her breathing. She is not struggling at all, I’ll just call it a bit labored. I can see it and feel it by watching her body as she inhales and exhales while I’m holding her. I am fairly sure she is laying internally based on her physical changes, but I am uncertain of a few things. Does internal laying lead to EYP after a while? Does a bird laying internally also develop ascites? If so, would it be of any benefit to drain her? Everything I’ve read about ascites mentions a squishy, water belly. This is definitely not Butter’s description. Based on what I’ve described, would she benefit at all from me draining her? Thanks for all advice and wisdom.