The California Animal Health and Foody Safety Lab (CAHFS) laboratory is a statewide laboratory (set up in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and University of California, Davis) that protects the health of livestock and poultry. CAHFS works to detect and rapidly diagnose diseases in animals.
After you call the hotline, staff from the California Avian Health and Education Network (CAHEN) will work with you to collect and submit samples from your birds to CAHFS or instruct you how to submit them yourself. In the event that you do not call the hotline, you can contact this laboratory yourself for a low-cost diagnostic. If you do have a dead bird, please preserve it on ice or in a refrigerator, but do not freeze it. Try to submit it within 24 hours of death if possible. This will make it possible for CAHFS to provide you with more complete answers
CAHFS provides a necropsy exam for poultry type birds, which is done to determine what the disease is and if it is transmittable to humans. Either sick or dead birds may be submitted for necropsy exams. If you submit a live sick bird, CAHFS will humanely euthanize it before the exam begins. A veterinary pathologist will perform the exam. To request a necropsy exam, you must first fill out a submission form and pay a small fee. Shipping information and the submission form is listed here.