Bird Parentage

Bird parentage is a powerful tool for breeders and pet owners alike. Allowing you to establish clear genetic links between a chick and its parents.

Here at chXout, we have already carried out 100’s of bird parentage DNA tests to determine genetic relationships for Peregrine Falcons and Gyr Falcons. 

If it is the case you desire a parentage test for another species, please contact us. 


Dry Egg Membrane

Plucked Feathers

Mouth Swab

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

How does bird parentage work?

Making use of a special technique known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), we are able to copy all the regions of DNA we require for bird parentage.

We make use of PCR to copy multiple highly variable regions, known as short tandem repeats (STR’s). By copying and analysing these regions we are able to produce a DNA profile for each individual bird.

The same as with a paternity test, in bird parentage we are then able to compare the DNA profiles of the chick and mother to rule out the alleles inherited maternally (alleles are simply variations between individuals of sections of DNA). 

By process of elimination, we are then left with the alleles corresponding to the alleged father, if we can then find a match we can conclusively say that the tested male is the biological father of the chick.

Why should you choose chXout?

  • We have processed thousands of samples for a wide range of species (Bird Species List)
  • Your results are available from 1-3 working days
  • Quality assured DNA tests
  • If no DNA is obtained the first time, we will repeat the experiment (free of charge)
  • A professional and personal service
  • Your final report is issued in .pdf form (easily downloadable and printable)
  • Results certificate available (£15.00)

Sexing birds using DNA testing technology represents the following benefits:

Appropriate to birds of any age

Birds are not subject to stress of transport


Not limited by the time of year

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5 Working Day Turnaround

*Includes VAT

This test includes the analysis of 1 alleged father and 1 chick.

5 Working Day Turnaround

*Includes VAT

This test includes the analysis of 1 alleged father, 1 chick and the mother.


Sample Submission

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