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DNA Sexing

Would you like to know your bird's gender?

Blood vs. Feather Testing

Bird DNA SexingDNA sexing has become the preferred method for identifying the sex of monomorphic birds (males and females having no external differences). DNA sexing can be performed with blood, feather or eggshell samples. Blood from birds is an excellent source of DNA and for many years a blood sample was the only means used to collect a DNA sample. However, sometimes collecting a blood sample is inconvenient, and occasionally even impossible. With recent advances in DNA technology, we can now extract the necessary DNA to be able to determine the sex from just a few plucked feathers. Both blood and feather samples are equally reliable and provide the same level of testing accuracy. DNA is DNA no matter where it is extracted from. The method you choose depends on your preference.

 

 

 

 

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