Does anyone use a laboratory to sex their silkies?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bauerdog, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! A couple years ago I recall someone mentioning that they send a feather off of their Silkie chicks to a lab for sexing. Does anyone do this? I have just three chicks I would like to do this with, so the cost shouldn't be too bad.
     
  2. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

    I haven't done that. Welcome to BYC!

    We did order chicks that were already sexed. Maybe thats what they do… I just learned something new!
     
  3. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the welcome. The sexed chicks from the hatcheries are sexed by a person looking into their vents at their "private" parts. I don't think I would be able to be very successful that way. So I was hoping someone who has used a lab would share more information
     
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  4. redapple

    redapple Out Of The Brooder

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    Love ok ing for actual antibodies used in their ELISA assay. I wanted to try it at work since I work in a lab. Getting blood sounds hard. Alternatively DNA testing in theory should be inexpensive but looking for the protocol online.

    Yes I'm obsessed with knowing because what if I'm the 10% who accidentally gets a roo.

    http://www.avianbiotech.com/Pricing.htm
     
  5. redapple

    redapple Out Of The Brooder

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    oops the dot blot assay is a DNA assay as well. Very inexpensive reagents and test to run in a lab. detecting the female only chromosome.
     
  6. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wait til you try hatching! Each chick is a surprise. One hatch of 5 polish chicks all wound up male. Since silkies take FOREVER to figure out the sexes, I figured paying a little for a lab to just tell me would be awesome. They can get DNA off the root of the plucked feather, right? Does this test sound accurate to you?
     
  7. redapple

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    Should be 100% as longs as no one mixes up samples.
    Females have 2 different chromosomes, males have 2 of the same ones. Great opportunity for a small lab to setup. Even uses the blood from the hatched egg.
     
  8. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds pretty cool. Just $25/bird sounds a bit steep. Whomever originally posted about lab testing said it as about $10/ bird. Just not sure where she said she sent them...
     
  9. kirkie

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    Washington State University - Avian Health and Food Safty Lab does sexing with PCR from blood or feathers for $16 in state $24 out of state. Also charge a $10 accession fee for one bird or multiple birds.

    http://waddl.vetmed.wsu.edu/avian/avian-lab-puyallup
     
  10. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Do you think New Jersey would have something like this? Or maybe Antech Diagnostics or Idexx?
     

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