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Prolapsed Phallus

Prolapsed Penis

A prolapsed phallus can sometimes occur in male ducks (drakes), where they are unable to retract their male genital (phallus) back inside of their body. It requires immediate attention to avoid complications such as secondary bacterial contamination and irreversible damage.

A prolapsed phallus is usually trauma-induced, but can sometimes also be a clinical sign related to venereal disease or duck plague.

When the phallus is outside of the body, it runs the risk of becoming enlarged and swollen, dry and ulcerating, and necrotic during advanced stages. The duck is usually acting abnormal and may appear depressed, isolate themselves, and show no desire to eat, mate, or socialize with other ducks.


Male duck's genital is hanging outside of body


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam


MethodMethod Summary
Supportive careIsolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location (your own duck "intensive care unit") with easy access to water and food. Limit stress. Call your veterinarian.
Thoroughly cleanse with sterile saline solution, apply topical antibiotic cream, DMSO to reduce swelling, and replace back inside the cloaca
Sutures may be required to keep it in place.
Systemic antibiotics




Risk Factors

  • Improper handling during vent-sexing of the bird
  • Lack of available swimming water
  • Bullying by other drakes

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