I have a crested pekin that hatched at the end of April. He was born with wry neck that we corrected with some vitamins. After his neck straightened we realized the neurological problems are much more severe. He can not walk or swim. In the beginning I took this on as a challenge, that I was still going to make his life the best it could be. But as he is maturing the sadder the situation is becoming. He takes many hours a day of care. I take him outside and lay him in the grass and he usually gets him a mucking hole going. I let the other ducks out to free range and his brother will come over and visit with him. I will also fill a tub with a few inches of water and let him play for a bit while I work outside. Inside he stays in a clear plastic tote so he can see us all move around, and we talk to him. I have put bird toys inside his tote to try and keep him entertained. At night he gets another bath in the tub in the house and then I spend an hour holding him to help him dry his feathers. He gets lots of treats some of his favorites being watermelon, tomatoes, Porter peaches, and collard greens. My dilemma is that he spends approximately 20 hours a day in his tote in the house laying on his left side (he won't lay on the right). Is this cruel? I am just so torn by this and what to do! For example today I have to be gone from the house for 6 to 7 hours, and I have felt nothing but guilt that he is just there alone.