Bird Feather DIY DNA Collection Kit
These instructions are for bird owners who choose to collect DNA using feathers
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
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.
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).
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.
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.