My poor, sweet little Leghorn hen Daisy used to be the perkiest, most boisterous little sassypants you ever did see. Last July she suffered her first case of what I believe to be egg yolk peritonitis, or something similar. She wouldn't lay, she wouldn't eat much or drink, she started to get thin, she had diarrhea, and spent most of her time moping in a corner of the run. I took her to an exotics vet who owned chickens and had experience dealing in their ailments...in my frantic search to figure out what was going on I also began a PM with Speckledhen, who I can't thank enough for her support. With some TLC and some antibiotics prescribed by the vet, Daisy seemed to make a good recovery, and even went back to laying eggs for a while. This July, her symptoms cropped back up again....not having money for another vet visit, I went down to our feed and farm supply store and picked up a water soluble antibiotic with the hope that at least I'm giving it my best shot...again, she seemed to bounce back a little. Her appetite and some of her spunk at least returned, even though she still hadn't laid an egg in a few weeks. I pulled her back off the meds and returned her to the flock again. For a few weeks she seemed to do okay, but in the past week she seems to be relapsing again. I tried putting her on the medicated water again, and even hand dosing her the first 5 days to make sure she was getting enough fluids...it's been 10 days with little improvement. I tried putting her back in with the girls to see if being with her buddies would perk her up, but she is now at the bottom of the pecking order, she gets bumped around by the others and spends most of the day in a corner of the run. If I let them out, she will peck disinterestedly at a few spots in the yard, but then she will find a corner and just stand listlessly watching the others happily gambol about. She eats a little, and drinks a little, but her breastbone is protruding more than I think it should, and her abdomen is swollen and warm....her poop is still runny, and her vent is all messy....I just can't stand it anymore, she isn't the same hen and I don't know what else to do, I know reproductive problems can be chronic and I don't want her to be in pain or unhappy...I made an appointment this morning to have her put down.....am I making the right choice?