Pleased to have this paper out: our paper comparing cloacal against cecal microbiota from paired samples in chicken is now published. In this paper we show that swab-based samples show high-interindividual variability, and are really poor at capturing the lower gut microbiota profile in chicken. As we found this result under controlled conditions, we argue that cloacal swab based data should be treated with great caution in bird microbiota studies. Read it all here: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/8/5/718