Blood Sample DIY DNA Collection Kit
These instructions are for bird owners who choose to collect DNA using a blood sample
If you are testing multiple birds, it’s important to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid touching the circle on the blood card where the blood is to be placed. If you are collecting samples from more than one bird, make sure to sanitize the nail clippers with alcohol and wash your hands thoroughly between collections. Follow all DIY instructions below 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 and then fill out the sample submission form. Then download the full DNA-collection instructions and read them through before getting started. Print the DIY blood card sheet: the number of sheets you print depends on how many birds you are testing. Print card sheet on plain-white computer paper.
Gather What You Need
Gather cut-out DIY blood cards, small plastic bag or paper envelope (one per bird), sanitized nail clippers, rubbing alcohol and cotton ball/swab, and coagulant to clot bleeding from the nail (cornstarch, flour, baking soda, etc.). 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, make sure the nail is clean first. Use the nail clippers to clip the bird’s toenail just enough to nick the vein (see full instructions for details). This will produce drops of blood. Place the blood card under the cut nail, allowing the card to absorb enough blood to be visible. Use coagulant on the bird’s nail afterwards, if necessary.
Allow sample to air-dry completely, and place in labeled envelope. Put 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.