BIRD SEXING

2 OR 3 WORKING DAY TURNAROUND

£22 - £32 (INCL. VAT)

Bird Sexing DNA Test
Bird DNA Test

chXout® is a trusted, dedicated provider of a reliable and accurate bird sexing DNA test service for breeders and pet owners alike.

Bird gender determination was the very first service to be offered by chXout® when our rural idyll fortuitously led us to the sexing of peregrine falcons.

Knowing a birds sex can be important for breeding and health but also the management and conservation of avian wildlife. For a range of species and most hatchlings, gender determination from physical appearance is extremely difficult. 

DNA analysis is a quick and reliable solution for determining whether a bird is male or female. The test is based on the amplification of W and Z chromosomes of the birds. Female birds carry one of each chromosome (ZW), while males carry two Z chromosomes (ZZ).

LABORATORY PROCESS

DNA TESTING BENEFITS

  • Bird sexing DNA tests can be carried out for birds of any age.
  • The birds are not subject to the stress of transport.
  • Egg shell membrane sampling is non-invasive
  • The service is available year round (out of the main breeding season, there may be slight changes to extraction dates and turnaround times).
  • Gender can be determined for monomorphic birds where it is not possible to determine sex visually.
  • Knowing the sex of a bird from a young age through testing of the egg shell membrane can be beneficial for understanding more about their health and behaviour and also for breeding purposes.

TURNAROUND

£22 incl. VAT

£32 incl. VAT

Please note: During bird season (April-July), the day the samples arrive at our laboratory is considered “day 0”. 

As an example, if we received samples on a Thursday for a 3 working day turnaround:

Bird Sexing

Outside of bird season (1 August to 1 April), DNA extraction will take place on Tuesday every week, with results due on the following Friday. This will be at the regular service price of £22 (incl. VAT).

If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SAMPLE TYPES

 Bird sexing is achieved through DNA analysis of the following suitable sample submission types:

DRIED EGG MEMBRANE

BLOOD

bird species id

PLUCKED FEATHERS

MOUTH SWAB

For more information on suitable sample submissions types and their collection, please visit our Sample Submissions page.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Collect your sample using our sampling instructions at the top of the page.
  2. Ensure that your samples are sealed securely and labelled correctly.
  3. Complete the relevant forms for your service. If you email them to sales@chxout.com we will know to expect your sample(s) & it will help us to manage case loads in busy periods.
  4. Package your samples safely and include your client reference.
  5. Enclose your sample submission form if these have not already been emailed to us.
  6. Send your samples to us at:

chXout®, The Durham Genome Centre, Park House, Station Road, Lanchester, DH7 0EX

7. A report will be emailed to you attached as a PDF document within your chosen turnaround time and as soon as the results are available.

Please ensure that the correct postage is used for the size of the letter or parcel to avoid any delays due to insufficient postage.

Bird DNA Sample Submission

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