We sex your birds by amplifying a region of the DNA within the gender chromosomes. In birds, these chromosomes are called Z and W. Females are ZW and males are ZZ.
Testing can be performed from blood samples or freshly plucked feathers. We recommend sending at least 5 medium feathers. Blood samples are preferred since they ensure a result. Feather samples may have to be resubmitted if not enough cells are present for analysis.
Warning: Molted feathers are not appropriate for bird sexing because they do not carry enough DNA.
If your species is not listed, just send us a known male and a known female together with the unknown sample. You will be only charged for the unknown sample.
DNA Sexing Fees
1 - 9 Samples
$2 In colour on quality paper
$0.50* minimun order 10 kits
We provide certificates for each sexed bird. The certificates are specially designed.
Labeling your samples
The sexing test and result analysis varies from species to species. Hence, it is extremely important that you tell us the full species name (or species cross) when you submit your sample.
When using common names, please use full common names:
Green Cheek Conure
Conure (there are about 30 types of conures)
Red-rumped (this may refer to a finch, a parrot or a lorikeet)
Ringneck (this may refer to at least two different types of birds, Indian or Australian ringneck)