Hi All, I have a two year old black orp in my small (4 hen) flock who I am almost certain has ascites. She's a big hen, and about 3 months ago I noticed her making funny little hiccup-y sounds, upon closer inspection she has a swollen belly which has gradually become larger over the last month or so (feels fluid filled, increasingly tight). When I first detected the swelling I treated her for egg binding (warm baths, etc. I figure it can't be that as she'd be dead by now if it was). She was eating and drinking (and voiding) normally and happily pottering about the garden with the others until the last week or so. She was a prolific layer last season (2 eggs per day on average) but I'm almost certain she's not laying anymore. This week I've noticed her squatting down periodically and gasping, her wattles are normal and healthy-looking. Her belly remains swollen and she's just not looking so happy anymore. She looks like she's having trouble getting enough air which makes sense given the amount of swelling in her abdomen. I've read that ascites can be drained to make them more comfy in the short term. How does one do this? I've not read anywhere of any long term fixes for ascites in hens, does anyone know of any good treatments? I'm not in a position to have her off to the vet, but will do what I can for her at home (including putting her down if that's necessary ). The other hens are unaffected by the condition and are laying happily. Any advice most gratefully received. Cheers, Louisa Pacific NW.