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Bird Feather DIY DNA Collection Kit

These instructions are for bird owners who choose to collect DNA using feathers

DIY Tips

If you are testing multiple birds, it’s important to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid touching the ends of the feather shafts where the follicle is located, sanitize the tweezers with alcohol, and wash your hands thoroughly between each collection. Follow all DIY below instructions carefully, and if you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at 800.625.0874 (Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern).

Materials For Download

Download Materials

Download and then fill out the sample submission form. Then download the full DNA-collection instructions and read them through before getting started.

Gather What You Need

Gather 1 small plastic bag or paper envelope for each bird, sanitized tweezers, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls/swabs. Collecting DNA is less stressful for your bird when you’re fully prepared.

Label Envelope

Before collecting DNA, label each of the individual envelopes with the following information: owner’s (submitter’s) name, bird’s species (Sun Conure, Senegal Parrot, etc.), and ID for the bird (either its name or band number).

Collect DNA

With the bird restrained, use tweezers to pluck 5 chest feathers for medium-large birds or 8 chest feathers for smaller birds. Be sure to pluck just one feather at a time and grab the base of the feather close to the chest. Place all feathers for one bird in its labeled envelope.

Package Materials

Place sample envelope(s), sample-submission form (s), and payment (if you’ve not already paid online or by phone) into a mailing envelope and address it to DDC.

Mail Samples & Forms

For fastest service, we recommend using a courier service like FedEx or UPS. Once your samples arrive at our lab, we’ll email you results within 5 days.

Reach Us

Have questions or need assistance? Contact our team.

DNA Technology Park
1 DDC Way
Fairfield, OH 45014

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