The DNA gender test can be performed from blood, feather or eggshell samples. To avoid any delays in your results, please read carefully the following instructions to collect the samples and fill out the submission form.

Please refer to the video below of aviculturist Tony Silva explaining how to collect blood and feather samples.

Blood collection

  • This is the type of sample collection that we recommend due to the higher chances of finding good quality DNA in blood than in feathers or dry eggshell.
  • 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. Blood will flow from the nail. Place the circle of the submission form underneath until they absorb a few drops. Do not touch the blood at any time because it may affect the test.
  • Allow the blood sample to air dry completely (1 hour) 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.

Feather collection

  • Before each collection, wash your hands thoroughly or use gloves.
  • Move aside the surface feathers from the lower chest area and find the smaller ones underneath.
  • Pluck at least 5 of these small feathers and make sure they come with a visible quill.
  • If the quill comes with some blood, allow the feather it to air dry for 1 hour.
  • We do not accept molted feathers simply because they tend to carry much less usable DNA, and we want to be certain that the feather is from the bird being tested.
  • Never touch the quill of the feathers. Tape the feathers onto the Submission Form and make sure the tape does not reach the quill.
  • Release the bird immediately after.
  • See feather collection instructions.

Eggshell Collection

  • Before collecting the eggshell, make sure that it belongs to the right chick.
  • After the chick has hatched from the egg, place the shell sideways and allow the inner membrane to air dry a minimum of 24 hours before submission.
  • Do not touch the inside of the eggshell.
  • Once it dries, place the entire eggshell into a plastic bag, sealed envelope or box. If using plastic bag, pierce it with a needle several times to allow air to pass.

Video: Aviculturist Tony Silva shows how to collect blood and feather samples:

It´s easy and quick to do. In this video you can learn HOW TO COLLECT SAMPLES of your bird for a DNA or disease test.

Posted by IQbirdtesting on Tuesday, September 27, 2016