Bird DNA Test

Trusted bird-sexing services confirmed by DNA.

How do I Know if my Bird is Male or Female?

Bird DNA testing is the easiest and most accurate way to determine whether your bird is male or female. The process is simple: order a DNA-collection kit from us (included in the price of testing) or make your own kit at home, and then send us the samples. Once samples are received, your results are emailed to you within 5 business days. We test hundreds of species. To see if your bird is eligible for testing, check our Bird DNA-Sexing Species List.

Test Highlights:
Name: Bird DNA Sexing
DNA Samples: Collected at Home Using Toenails or Feathers
Cost: Price Varies Depending on Quantity Ordered and Sample Type
Results: Within 5 Business Days after Receipt of Samples

Bird DNA Sexing for Gender Determination

Avian DNA Gender Determination (bird sexing) is a non-surgical and DNA-powered method used by veterinarians, breeders, and bird owners who cannot determine the gender of their bird by its physical appearance or characteristics.

We use PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to detect the presence of male and female chromosomes in the bird’s DNA. You can collect a DNA sample by clipping the bird’s toenail (sample is collected onto a blood card), or you can pluck feathers from the bird’s breast. We’ll send you a complimentary DNA-collection kit of your choice when you order your test, or you can make your own DIY kit: Click for DIY instructions.

DNA results are emailed within 5 business days, once samples are received at the laboratory.  See sample certificate

Do you have questions about this test?  See our FAQs or contact us for a free consultation.


Blood Sample Testing Cost

  • $19 per Sample

Feather Sample Testing Cost

  • $23 per Sample

DIY Kit: Bird DNA Testing Collection Instructions

If you prefer to make your own DNA-collection kit instead of ordering one from us, select one of these methods and follow instructions carefully.

Bird DNA Testing Species List

Check this list before ordering to ensure our test is validated for your bird’s species. If your bird isn’t on our list, please contact us.

More About this Test

Q: Are results from feather and blood samples equally accurate?
A: Yes. DNA is the same no matter how it’s obtained. The choice of DNA-collection method for your bird DNA test really depends on what you’re most comfortable doing.
Q: How is blood collected from the bird’s toenail?
A: The bird’s nail is clipped at the base of the quick—just enough to nick the vein and spot a drop of blood on a blood card or non-absorbent piece of paper.
Q: How does feather DNA-collection work?

A: Chest feathers are collected by using tweezers to grab a feather at the base, and then plucking it. IMPORTANT: Molted feathers and blood feathers do not contain enough DNA for testing!

Reach Us

Have questions or need assistance? Contact our team.

DNA Technology Park
1 DDC Way
Fairfield, OH 45014

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