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AVIAN BIOTECH OFFERS RELIABLE DNA SEXING FROM FEATHERS FOR MOST SPECIES OF BIRDS. AS ACCURATE AS DNA SEXING FROM BLOOD, FEATHER SEXING FURTHER SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS BY ELIMINATING BLEEDING, MESSY CAPILLARY TIPS AND COLLECTION TUBES, AND BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF STRESS ON YOU AND YOUR BIRD DURING SAMPLE COLLECTION.


Use caution when collecting samples: clean hands and use a fresh zip-lock bag between each bird. When handling feathers try to avoid touching the ends of the feather shaft where the tissue containing the DNA is located. To learn more about sample contamination, please visit our contamination section.

 

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Clearly label each bag to identify sample. To order free feather collection kits, please visit our order page

 

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Once you have gained control of your bird, pluck at least 5 small chest or breast feathers. Blood or primary feathers are not required. Some birds may twitch slightly when feathers are plucked, but will not be harmed by this procedure. Small birds may require a few additional feathers.

*Feathers must be plucked in order to provide us with the necessary tissue cells to isolate the proper amount of DNA.

 

3

Place the feathers in the zip-lock bag labeled for that particular bird. Because there is no bleeding, birds may be released immediately.

 

4

Print or type clearly when filling out the submission form. If you do not already have a submission form, please visit our Download Page to download a submission form.

 

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Mail samples in an envelope or box with the white copy of the submission form and payment to the address below. For better turnaround time please send samples via overnight or two-day mail. Our turnaround time for DNA sexing and disease testing is generally 48 hours after we receive your samples.

Mail samples to:

Avian Biotech International
1336 Timberlane Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312-1766



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Avian Biotech International
1336 Timberlane Road    Tallahassee, FL 32312-1766
850-386-1145 or 800-514-9672 (Office)  850-386-1146 (Fax)

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