dna test for finches

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klwklw
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03 Aug 2019, 17:49

hi there, so many people sell sibling birds as pairs and i recently bought a pair of yellow siskins and wanted to know can you send feathers to a dna place and they tell you if the birds are related or not ? has anyone done that before ?
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Craig52
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03 Aug 2019, 20:08

Imo, the simplest way is to swap one of them if you are so worried they are siblings rather than spend money and find they are or not related.
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03 Aug 2019, 23:29

The DNA testing that is referred to is only sexing for male or female
The DNA tests to see if the birds are related is very very involved and expensive and I doubt if
anyone has even tried to have it done.
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04 Aug 2019, 08:13

Some do it for expensive parrots.
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04 Aug 2019, 11:50

"New German DNA technology (this was in 2008) could prove parentage with an accuracy of 1 in 1billion."

Above quote from a report on status of Hyacinth Macaws in Oz

I should imagine that such technology would be far from cheap . .




And . .

Of the 12 H.M's registered with NEBRS . . (Hands up if you can remember NEBRS) . . only 1 (one) was a cockbird

So you wouldn't need German technology there . .

Or would you :silent:
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04 Aug 2019, 12:02

I just think don't bother. It's way too expensive and it would be better to buy/swap a cock or hen for a different cock and hen to mix up the diversity.
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Tiaris
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05 Aug 2019, 16:22

arthur wrote:
04 Aug 2019, 11:50
"New German DNA technology (this was in 2008) could prove parentage with an accuracy of 1 in 1billion."

Above quote from a report on status of Hyacinth Macaws in Oz

I should imagine that such technology would be far from cheap . .




And . .

Of the 12 H.M's registered with NEBRS . . (Hands up if you can remember NEBRS) . . only 1 (one) was a cockbird

So you wouldn't need German technology there . .

Or would you :silent:
I also remember when the initial NBRS list was formed after a declaration period that there was just one black lory (still being handfed at the time of declaration), just a couple of lineolated parrots (a creamino and a blue mutant) plus very similar situation with pacific parrotlets. There were a few other single birds per species of other types I can't recall but which were somehow miraculously cloned or some such thing since then into viable breeding populations.
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05 Aug 2019, 20:34

ok well that helps a great deal,thanks everyone, swapping out one is a good idea.
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11 Sep 2019, 12:25

Hey klw your in west Sydney ? If your still looking ta swap Siskin can help you out Howard .

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