This is my first time dealing with an injured bird - I mostly do mammals, so I have more questions: The 3 week old duckling that was injured last Sunday is now 4 weeks old and seems so much better now. I have been keeping him in a wire crate in the house (with his whole family) and treating his wound with Saline/Iodine and Blue-Kote. I've been keeping his family with him because he acts so depressed when by himself, but happier when mom & siblings are in the crate with him. (they are splashing water and tearing up newspaper tight now.) How long do I need to keep this little guy in? The wound has scabbed over and in some areas has cracked a little, but not bleeding. Can I let him go back outside to run around during the day, or should I keep him in longer? I have been letting the adult ducks out to play by themselves for a few hours and then pen them back up. The chickens do not bother the ducklings. Only the setting ducks and the drakes bother them. Can I put bag balm or olive oil on the scab to keep it flexible so it will not crack again, pr should I just continue doing what I've been doing? I do not have antibiotic ointment.