DNA from feathers

Hi everyone!
I have recently met a research fellow, Rachael Shaw, who is studying cognition in New Zealand North Island robins, and she is about to start her fieldwork sampling. The conservation manager she is working with routinely takes feather samples when banding, and Rachael was wondering whether these could be used for sexing and microsat genotyping for parentage analysis? Does anyone have any experience genotyping from feathers, what extraction methods worked best, and whether there was an optimal way to store the feathers to minimise degradation?
Many thanks for any help you can offer!
Anna Santure (a.santure@auckland.ac.nz)

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