Does anyone have any experience with sprains in ducks (or even breaks)? I am wondering how long they take to heal. Alexandra has been inside for just over two weeks now and doesn't seem to be making a lot of progress. She will use her injured leg for balance, but not much else. We would prefer not to take her to the vet for several reasons (the office visit alone is $50 and x-rays are another $160 & the closest vet that treats ducks is an hour away). This may sound cruel, but we didn't purchase the ducks at pets, but for egg production and possibly for food at some point in the future. We don't really want to spend hundreds of dollars on vet visits.
She isn't eating much but she is drinking and is perfectly alert, no signs of illness. I think the decreased appetite is due to the stress of being inside, lack of eating and lack of activity. (I also know that they can actually go quite awhile without food or water, having had a duck a couple years ago that completely quit eating or drinking for a month (that vet visit was $100 with no answers). Then, one day, she just started eating again. (That duck has been a little different ever since (we think she may have some vision problems), but she completely regained the weight and she is our fattest duck now).
The sun has been out the last few days, so we have been taking her outside in her dog crate to sit with the other ducks during the day. It doesn't give her as much time in the water, but the company seems to be cheering her up and she has been nibbling at her food. In the evening, she gets a couple hours in the bath before bed. Does it make sense to wrap the joint with vet wrap to stabilize it (that is what people do for sprains), or is it better if I leave it as is? I don't think it is a slipped tendon as the joint doesn't look abnormal, just slightly swollen. It might be a break, but if it is, it is at the joint with no visible issues with alignment. Any feedback from anybody with experience with something similar is appreciated.