HOW DO I COLLECT & SUBMIT A BIRD DNA SAMPLE?

Bird DNA samples – to ensure you receive the highest quality results, it all begins with the sample submission. For our bird services we recommend analysis using egg membrane. For older birds – ideally a blood or feather sample, with a mouth swab as a final option. 

DRIED EGG MEMBRANE

BLOOD

bird species id

PLUCKED FEATHERS

MOUTH SWAB

BIRD DNA SAMPLING KIT

If you would like us to provide you with a free sample submission kit please contact us and we will be happy to arrange for one to be posted out to you.

If you already have your own sampling materials that is not a problem as long as they are sterile and sealed to avoid any leakages on their way to us.

The forms required to be sent alongside your samples can be found at the bottom of the relevant service page:

EGG MEMBRANE SAMPLES

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Dry - Good Sample!
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Powdery - Not so good sample!
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Wet - Bad Sample!

When providing us with an egg membrane, please ensure that the sample is completely dry. 

Samples that are wet or powdery have a greater chance of returning an inconclusive result.

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FEATHER SAMPLES

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Good feather sample
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Please do not send cut feathers

All feather’s must be plucked to ensure that the foot or follicle of the feather is included as this is the part containing the DNA.

We recommend sending at least 6 feathers per bird.

If you are in experienced with handling birds, we recommend asking for the help of an experienced bird handler/veterinarian.

BLOOD SAMPLES

If you wish to send in blood samples, please collect a couple of drops of blood on a cotton swab. 

We can send you a free bird sampling kit upon request containing sterile swabs.

If you are in experienced with handling birds, we recommend asking for the help of an experienced bird handler/veterinarian.

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If you have any further queries regarding sample collection and submission, please do not hesitate to contact us.