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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    Some people say they can tell if your grey is male or female by just looking at your birds markings (mainly around the tail area) is this true??? if so can anyone give me any tips whot to look out for?

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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    There are theories on this, yes....

    But, if you want to be certain, get your Grey DNA tested for 99.9 % certainty :-)
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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    Dan is right as usual, DNA is the only way.:side:
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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    DNA is the only 99.9% like said above, however I have looked at the vent feathers of both my greys, and they're both sexed girls, and the theories have been correct, but this is only for CAG's, not for timnehs. There will be gray tips on the vent feathers underneath, males are all white so the myth goes...

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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    brian has red/piny feathers around the vent, i've read this indicates a male. but i wouldn't go making my mind up on male or female by these wives tales on sexing greys. DNA is deffinately the only way to go

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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    how much does it cost to get a DNA test?

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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    If you do the DNA sample card yourself, it's about $20, well worth knowing for sure! Avian Biotech in Florida will send you the sample card on request. You have to cut a toenail a bit short and put a drop of blood on the card (bird toweled, of course!). Vets charge far more, and send it off to the same lab. There is also a lab in California that provides the service. You can pluck several feathers also from the breast area (not molted feathers) - instructions are included when you ask for the sample kit. I prefer to cut the toenail rather than pluck several feathers.
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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    I did the at home dna test by clipping a toenail on my grey. Warning Please be extra careful not to cut to much. I took very little at a time until I got the toenail to bleed and when it did it was difficult to stop!! I thought she would bleed to death on me. To try to stop it I used styptic powder and when that wasn't working I ran it through wax. I was worried to death because she kept picking as well. All ended fine and the results were female but please be careful when attempting this yourself definately use a partner to hold the bird firmly in a towel. I tried to use a candle to see where the vein stopped in the nail but the whole thing just looked dark. Just take the smallest amount possible and wait to see if it will bleed before you proceed any further.Please keep first aid on hand if you need it, styptic pencil ect.. Good Luck. I still think this test is better than trying to pluck painful feathers.

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    Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    Yikes, I would never trust myself to do that lol, I would absolutely have it done via vet!

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    Re:Can you tell if your Grey is Male or Female?

    Both the eye theory and the tail/vent feather theory proved correct with my CAG, but I would not rely on these methods at all. DNA testing is the best way to find out the sex.

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