We provide a range of tests to exotic bird owners including sexing, faecal screening, chlamydia, and psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD).
How does it work?
Simply order your desired testing kit from us and we will send it to you, along with instructions on how to use it, and a submission form.
To help us make as accurate an analysis as possible, for the faecal tests and Chlamydia PCR, we require a three day pooled faecal sample, please do not send urates, the white part of the droppings. Please keep in a cool place, but not a fridge whilst collecting. For PBFD PCR and Sexing PCR, we need either a feather pluck containing pulp or a Heparin blood sample (to be taken by an exotic vet).
Sending in your samples
If you would like any further information on these tests, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01829 781855 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: as we are a laboratory and not a veterinary practice, we do not give advice regarding any treatments that may be available, as this is the responsibility of your exotic vet. Should interpretation be required, it will be stated on your report.
I’m thinking of doing the faeces tests for my two animals, you say it’s possible to do a combined sample if you have numerous animals kept together, so does this mean I can order the Faecal Screen and get it done for the both animals, and get separate results, or do I need to pay for two tests and get it done twice?
If you have animals kept together, it is possible to pool the faeces from both animals together and send it in as one sample. You will only get one set of results and there will only be one charge. If treatment is required though, you will need to treat both animals.
Which test do I need just for parasites?
If you want to test just for parasites, we would recommend a Faecal Screen.
When will I get my results?
This depends on which test you choose to do, below is a rough guide:
Faecal Screen – 24 hours from receipt
Avian Faeces 1 – At least 48 hours from receipt, but may be longer if we need to do further tests, so could take up to 72 hours.
Avian Faeces 2 – At least 48 hours from receipt, but may be longer if we need to do further tests, so could take up to 72 hours.
Chlamydia PCR – 5 working days from receipt.
PBFD PCR – 5 working days from receipt.
Sexing PCR – 5 working days from receipt.
Should I retest when my bird has been treated?
Ideally, you should retest 2 weeks after all treatment has finished to ensure that the medication has worked and your animal is now clear. Please call the laboratory to see which test is required.