I had a hen once who had ascites and I had to drain her abdomen every few months, for 5 years. The fluid was clear. I'm assuming this was either a cardiac problem or an ovarian cyst problem. I also had a hen with a big abdomen, who I drained and the fluid was bright green. I'm thinking that was peritonitis. She died soon after that. Now I have a hen who has a firm, large abdomen. In preparation for tapping her abdomen and seeing what's in there, I gave her 22.7mg Baytril. I gave her a warm bath, which is liked, but it didn't stimulate anything. I put some prep H in her vent. I felt up in there and couldn't feel anything. Before I did all this, I put her in her own crate so I could watch her. She pooped and it had yellow in it and smelled like egg. From these symptoms, does it sound like broken egg inside her? (as opposed to internal laying). If I tap her abdomen and its green, I'm thinking its pretty much over........don't you? Is peritonitis from a broken egg ever treatable? I'm starting to think that my old hens (8 years old) not only risk bumblefoot from jumping down off their 4' high ladder roost, but that maybe they're breaking eggs inside them when they jump that far too. I'm going out today and taking most of the higher roost rungs off. I'm afraid I'm getting emotionally worn out from losing my hens.......even though it was over 7 years. Its like losing a wonderful pet all the time. I started with 17 and now have 6. I appreciate your input.