Here are instructions on how to collect samples for disease testing. To avoid any delays in your bird’s results, or even get a wrong output, please read them carefully since we do not accept the same sample types as for DNA gender determination.

When testing diseases, the quality of the submitted sample is critical to obtain reliable results. This is because each pathogen will start developing in different parts of the host and therefore, samples should be taken from these specific areas for an early detection of the disease.

For example, Chlamydia psittaci (the infectious agent that causes Psittacosis disease in birds) first colonizes the respiratory tract and then is excreted via cloaca. Thus, a swab sample from the cloaca, along with a blood sample, would be the best option for an early diagnosis of Psittacosis.

Please refer to the table below to find the sample type we accept for each disease test.

Disease and gender test sample collection Table

Blood collection

  • Before each collection, wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Use a pair of clean nail clippers sanitized with alcohol. Clip the tip of any toenail, approximately 2/3 of the distance from the root of the nail (Click here for illustration) . Blood will flow from the nail. Place the circle of the Submission Form underneath until it absorbs a few drops. Do not touch the blood at any time because it may contaminate the sample.
  • Allow the blood to air dry completely (15 – 30 min) before folding the Submission Form, or introducing the card in the plastic bag.
  • Check that the bird is not bleeding anymore and apply anticoagulant onto the area.
  • Release the bird immediately after.

Swab collection

  • Before each collection, wash your hands thoroughly or use gloves
  • Make sure you have read the Disease sample collection Table and you know the area from which to take the sample
  • Remove the swab from the case and rub thoroughly the cottoned tip on the desired area (cloaca, ocular or nasal secretion, etc).
  • Never touch the cottoned tip.
  • Let the swab air dry before placing it back in the case (at least 30 minutes).

Blood tube collection

  • This type of sample is less common and it is usually taken by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if you want to send us this type of sample.