Phallus Prostration (male prolapse) - HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by donniedarko, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. donniedarko

    donniedarko Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2010
    Hi All,

    It seems our male call duck has Phallus Prostration (male prolapse)... I've been hearing that I may have to snip off the tissue (if it is infected or dead)...just seeking any advice to those that may have dealt with this before...

  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Ouch.. poor little guy!
    Can you soak in it cold water to see if it will shrink?
    Or maybe Prep. H cream... it shrinks tissue...
    Hopefully some of the duck gurus will chime in and help you out!! [​IMG]
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Here is the advice from Storeys Guide

    immediately isolate him to keep others from nipping at his penis
    wash the penis with clean warm water and apply some kind of (I am adding MILD) disinfectant
    treat with a medicated ointment.
    apply ointment daily until he is fully recovered (could take several weeks or more)

    Even if the end dries up and falls off, he could still be okay
    house.of.ducks likes this.
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yikes! Poor guy. No experience, just that Storey's Guide is usually right. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery!
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Sounds like a job for a vet to me. If that is an option financially, I would think a vet would probably give the bird something to knock it out, and then surgically or manually repair the problem, or if worse came to worse amputate, whatever is best for the bird.

    Reminds me of the warnings the announcer voices over during Cialis and Viagra commercials. Yikes!
  6. akeaglevet

    akeaglevet New Egg

    Feb 10, 2012
    Bremerton, WA
    I am an avian specialist and I see these ocassionally. Sorry I missed this post until 18 months later, but in case someone else comes across this in the future, I recommend the following:
    1. Separate the drake from females. Typically this is a problem affecting young, exuberant drakes. If you take away the temptation then their phallus will stay put and get the rest it sorely needs.
    2. If the tissue is too swollen to replace or is black, green, dead then see an avian vet first.
    3. If not, gently cleanse the phallus and, if possible without too much misery, lube it up with KY or similar water-soluble jelly and tuck it back inside the cloaca. Sometimes, if the duck is cooperative, you can try applying a hypertonic sugar solution to help shrink the swollen tissue. Most ducks are not this patient.
    4. If it pops right back out and there is danger of it getting stepped on or beat up, go see an avian vet.

    The most important steps the vet can provide that you can't are pain relief, anti-inflammatory drugs, and, in the case of a phallus that keeps popping back out, they can apply a couple of temporary sutures across the vent to hold the phallus in place while it heals. The procedure can be performed in most ducks while awake and using just a local anesthetic-- so not too expensive. Usually this is all that's needed and the sutures can come out in 10-14 days (often they pop out on their own). In very few cases, where the phallus has devitalized or become injured, or fails to heal after the initial vent sutures, then amputation is necessary. Some birds will have long-term complications from this, depending upon how the amputation is performed.
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  7. Tahai

    Tahai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know it's not a laughing matter, but...

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  8. Tahai

    Tahai Chillin' With My Peeps

    valuable information. thank you.

  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Thank you so much for expert advise. It is greatly appreciated.
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    This is a nugget of gold, thanks!

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