We have some Ameracauna chicks that are a couple months old, and tonight I could only find one in the barn! I was rather worried about the other 6 and couldn't find them in any of their usual spots. When I was putting the goat kids in the kid pen for the night, I heard a faint peeping coming from inside of the kid hut. There is a heater in there wrapped securely so the kids cant get too close or knock it over, and the missing chicks were huddled next to the heater. So, I put their cold buddy in there with them and put a divider up so they don't get squished by goat kids.
Today the surgeon in San Antonio told Kris that he has an extra bone in his back (!) and that there is another bone "displaced"/out of alignment which is probably causing him more pain than the deteriorated and bulging disks are! Unfortunately, the doctor had a funeral to go to so he was very rushed. They had tried to call us at 8am, but we left the house at 7am!
Mooky and I dropped off Sonny and Sasha at the babysitters house at 7:30. Ha! Just kidding - Karen and Hannah graciously cared for the kids for us while we were gone. The other 8 bottle babies are old enough to go longer without a bottle. Kris and Erinn went and bought groceries and met us at GB's house around 8am. Then Erinn stayed with GB while Mooky went with us to San Antonio.
Since the doctor was so rushed, we didn't get as much information as we wanted. He did seem like a nice guy, and was very apologetic. He wants Kris to get some physical therapy and/or try the cortisone shots before surgery. He admits that these are both temporary fixes though... oh, and he wants him to take anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers. (cough.choke.ha!) If we'd had more time Kris could have explained why he won't do that!