Important reasons for knowing your bird’s gender
Medical: In an emergency, time could be wasted developing gender specific diagnoses.
Behavior: As birds enter adolescence, their personalities can drastically change. Knowing their gender can help us predict and re-direct many kinds of unwanted behavior. Understanding our pets’ behavior helps us build and maintain better long-term relationships.
Bonding: gender is one of the first things we use to get to know an animal. When we meet animals for the first time, people typically want to know if it’s a boy of a girl. Gender impacts our feelings and helps us define our relationship with him or her.
Unfortunately, relying on physical appearance is not an accurate method of determining the sex of most birds. We recommend DNA Sexing which determines the gender of a bird by analyzing the DNA from it’s sex chromosomes. All that’s needed is a small sample of your bird’s blood which we can collect while you wait. We then send the sample to the lab where it is analyzed and the results are usually back to us within one week. DNA sexing has for the most part replaced surgical sexing procedures done under anesthesia with a laparoscope. This procedure can still be done for breeding birds when we want to check on the health of the genitals.