National Poultry Day

March 19th is National Poultry Day! It’s a day when we recognize some of our feathered friends that are raised for their meat and eggs, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, pigeons, guineas, and pheasants.

According to the USDA, “The U.S. poultry industry is the world’s largest producer and second largest exporter of poultry meat and a major egg producer. U.S. consumption of poultry meat (broilers, other chicken, and turkey) is considerably higher than beef or pork, but less than total red meat consumption.”

National Band & Tag manufacturers a variety of products for poultry identification such as wing bands, leg bands, clip-on blinders, and more. These products are used by a variety of customers in the poultry industry that ranges from genetic research to small farms to universities and backyard farmers.

To learn more about National Poultry Day and different ways to celebrate it, check out their website here: https://nationaltoday.com/national-poultry-day/

 

Bandas doradas para alas y patas de aves

Trate a sus aves como a la realeza utilizando bandas de color oro, tanto para las patas como para las alas. Las doradas y naranja sobre aluminio, así como las de bronce, ¡todas se ven doradas! Debajo puede ver las opciones disponibles. Dele clic al estilo que quiera si desea más información y precios.

Anillo ajustable para patas 305A / 305AL (aluminio anodizado)

Dorado

Naranja

Anillo ajustable para patas 305ABR (de bronce)

Bronce

Anillo para pata 1242 (aluminio)

Dorado anodizado

Placa para ala Jiffy 893B

Bronce

Nuevos colores dorado y verde neón para las placas de ala estilo ZIP 890, Jiffy 893 y Zip 892

 

Dorado

Gold Colored Wing Bands and Leg Bands

Treat your birds like royalty with gold colored leg bands and wing bands! Gold and orange aluminum, and brass, all look like gold! Below are all the options of leg and wing bands available in gold colors. Click which style you would like for more information and pricing.

Atlas Seal 305A & 305AL Adjustable Leg Bands (Anodized)

Gold Aluminum

Orange Aluminum

Atlas Seal 305ABR Adjustable Leg Band

Brass

Butt-End 1242 Leg Band

Gold Aluminum

Jiffy 893B Wing Band

Brass

Gold and Neon Green material for Wing Band Styles Zip 890, Jiffy 893, and Zip 892

Gold Aluminum

Happy Thanksgiving!

To celebrate Turkey Day, we are featuring our leg bands and wing bands for both domestic and wild turkeys.

Rivet Bands – Style # 1242FR9 (7/8” diameter) for turkeys, and wild turkeys. Style 1242FR9A (1” diameter) for turkey toms.

There are different types of wing bands that can be used as well. If you prefer plastic, we offer a larger polyurethane wing band. Of if you prefer metal we offer self-piercing wing band.

Do you want your Wing Bands to stand out?

The sophisticated style 892-3 wing band with the integrated rivet is an excellent choice, with fusion marking for optimum contrast and a stylish finish.

These are the following options you have:

  1. Numbering on one side and one line of text on the other.
    (Minimum purchase: 500 bands)

wing band 1 wing band 2 wing band 3

2. Numbering on one side and two lines of text on the other.
(Minimum purchase: 500 bands)

wing band 43. Numbering on one side and bar code on the other. (Bar code can be 2D as well and read by an App on your Smartphone). (Minimum purchase: 1000 bands)

wing band 5 wing band 64. Numbering and a line of text on one side and bar code on the other.
(Minimum purchase 1000 units)

wing band 7

 

Why use leg and wing bands to identify your poultry?

For chickens, ducks, quail, pheasants, peafowl, turkeys and more, the correct type of id band can make all the difference when it comes time to sell or breed your birds. Identification is helpful for multiple reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Keeping track of the number of birds you have
  • Helping lost or stolen birds be returned to the proper owner
  • Tracking pedigree
  • Tracing generations
  • Recording when birds were born and keeping track of the ages of your flock
  • Meeting requirements for shows/competitions
  • Tracking migration patterns
  • And more!

There are multiple types of identification such as wing bands and leg bands available to meet your needs, from color coding, blank bands, custom stamped bands, numbered bands, stamped sequential numbering or even laser etched barcodes.

Wing Bands

Wing Bands

Leg Bands

Leg Bands

Example: you could use a different color every year to track age, barcodes to track pedigree, or sequential numbering to track the number of birds you have. 

Not sure where to get started? Learn more about What Type of Poultry Identification Is Best for You

What type of poultry identification is best for you?

Wing Bands
Wing bands are a permanent type of identification with a high retention rate that will stay with the chick for life and grow with it. Wing bands will not bother the bird, and may be covered with feathers when they are older, making it more difficult to read. Wing bands are usually put on chicks, anywhere from a day old to a few weeks, but can also be put on adult birds.

Learn more about: Which Wing Band is Best for You

wingbands for spanish site

Leg Bands
Leg bands are an aluminum or plastic band that wrap around a bird’s leg and must be fitted to their leg size. Leg bands are more commonly used on fully grown birds, but when used on a young bird, the band must be constantly changed as the bird’s leg grows. Leg bands can be a temporary source of identification or a permanent one. Plastic leg bands will fall off easier than metal ones due to the bird pecking at it or excess exposure to weather. Leg bands are the best option for those who do not wish to pierce the skin with a wing band or toe punch.

Learn more about: Which Leg Band is Best for You

legbands for spanish site

***Try a combination of leg bands and wing bands for guaranteed identification***

Peepers / Blinders
Plastic Peepers and Blinders are used to stop cannibalism amongst birds, such as chickens and pheasants, by hiding other birds from view. These are considered the modern version of chicken glasses. Some people will only use Peepers on birds that cause problems, while others will use them on their whole flock as a preventive measure. Try using different colors to track different ages or flocks of birds.

blinders

Toe Punches
Toe Punches can be used to mark the webbing between the toes of baby chicks. This option works for those who don’t need colors or numbers to achieve their ID goals. Toe Punches create a small 2mm hole in the webbing, and there is a total of 16 different markings possible (one hole, two holes, left foot, right foot etc.). Toe punches can also be used to pre-punch a hole in the wing webbing for wing bands.

punches

Other Poultry Identification Options:
Neck Tags – Plastic tags that can be hung by the neck of a baby chick.

Wing Badges – Large plastic badge that attaches to the wing and has large visible numbers.

Bird Bits – Plated steel or plastic bits that are placed in the bird’s nostrils to help stop pecking. Special/deep feeders are needed so the birds may continue to eat.

 

Click Here to View All National Band & Tag’s Poultry ID Products!

Which wing band is best for you?

Start by figuring out what your identification goal is, and what your wing band will need to be able to do to achieve this goal. All wing bands can be stamped, but if you want a barcode your style options are more limited.

Wing Band Stamping, Laser Etching, and Fusion Options
Wing Band Style # Stamped Laser Etched Characters Laser Etched Barcodes Fusion Markings (Characters, Barcodes)
Zip 890-2.75 Yes Yes No Yes
Zip 890-3 Yes Yes No No
Zip 890-4 Yes Yes No No
Jiffy 893 & 893B Yes No No No
Tab End 898-2.75 Yes Yes Yes No
Tab End 898-3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tab End 898-4 Yes Yes Yes No
Zip 892-3 Yes No No Yes
Atlas Seal 8906-2 & 8906-2.5 Yes No No No
Self-Piercing 681A Yes Yes Yes No

Stamping (with and without Paint Fill)
Stamping will last and stay readable

wing band stamping

Laser Etched Characters
Etching may wear off bands after a few months depending on the use

wing band laser

Fusion Marked
Fusion marking will last the longest and stay vibrant and visible

wing band fusion

***Barcodes will require a scanner, scanners are available for purchase or sample bands are available to test with your own scanners.

 

Zip Wing Band

  • zip wing bandStyle 890-2.75, 890-3, 890-4
  • The Zip is our most popular wing band. It is pre-formed with a rivet that makes the band tamper-resistant when sealed with our applicator.
  • The Zip comes in several colors and can have colored eyelets for easy color coded identification.

Jiffy Wing Band

  • jiffy wing bandStyle 893 (Aluminum) and Style 893B (Brass)
  • The Jiffy is designed as a one-step application with its self-piercing design and reinforced piercing point.
  • The Jiffy is a popular style for those new to wing banding because of its easy to use, self-piercing feature.
  • It is the only wing band available in a brass material.

Other Wing Band Styles

  • Tab End Style 898-2.75, 898-3, and 898-4tab end wing band
    • Does not require an applicator, can be closed by hand.
    • Popular for breeders and boiler chickens.
  • Zip Style 892-3892-3 wing band
    • Is pre-formed with a drawn tube to create a tamper-resistant seal when sealed with our applicator
  • Atlas Seal Style 8906-2 and 8906-2.5atlas seal wing band
    • Is narrow with a pointed end
  • Self-Piercing Style 681A681 wing band
    • A wing band for large birds such as turkeys. Also, used as an ear tag for smaller livestock animals. Aluminum is recommended for birds.

Wing Banding Size Guide

  • Size 3 wing bands are our most popular size wing bands because they fit on most birds. Size 2.5 and 2.75 may be used for smaller species, and Size 4 can be used on larger species. They may look too large on a chick, but the chick will grow into it and it won’t bother them as an adult.

Now that you’ve picked out your wing band style, view our blog on How-To Apply your Wing Band!

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wingband 2

wingband 3

How-To: Apply a Wing Band

Wing bands can go on baby chicks or adult chickens, it is easier to do while they are chicks because you can hold them, and there are less feathers in the way.

wing diagram

When inserting the band, you should aim for the center of the “V”, just barely below the web cord.

Zip Wing Band (Style 890/892) Tagging Hints: After the band is inserted through the wing, flip the band around and with thumb and forefinger, close the band until the eyelet is inserted into the hole. Seal the eyelet with applicator.

Jiffy Wing Band (Style 893/893B) Tagging Hints: The Jiffy is designed as a one-step application. Insert the band in the applicator first. Line up the “bubble” on the band with the recess in the applicator. Make sure the “bubble” side of the band is flat against the jaw of the applicator.

Tab End Wing Band (Style 898) Tagging Hints: Push band through web of wing directly at the elbow joint, being careful not to puncture flesh or tear the tendon at the leading edge of the wing. After the band is inserted through the wing, with thumb and forefinger, close the band until the tab is inserted through the hole. Now bend the tab and point down.

Pre-Punching a Hole:  For the Zips and Tab Ends, some people find that pre-punching a hole using our Compound Toe Punch Style 1539 makes inserting the wing band easier. The Jiffy is self-piercing and does not require a pre made hole.

Step-by-Step instructions on banding a baby chick with pictures:

how to band a chick

Diamond K Research, Case Farms and NB&T Wing Banding Instruction Video:

Check out some of these other helpful guides and videos for putting a wing band on, made by customers and end users:

¡Nuevas Placas Soldables!

weldable wing bands

Estamos introduciendo el más reciente producto de National Band & Tag en nuestra línea de placas para alas – Las placas ZIP soldables en Acero Inoxidable y Aluminio. Estas placas pueden ser soldadas con una soldadora de punto para obtener una placa dificilmente violable.

¡Disponibles con logotipo, fechas, nombres, numeración consecutiva y más!

Estilo 890-4SS de Acero

Estilo 890-4AL de Aluminio

Dimensiones: 33.65 mm x 22.23 mm

 

weldable wing band on bird

New Weldable Stainless Steel Wing Bands

weldable wing bandsIntroducing National Band & Tag’s newest product to the wing band line – Weldable Stainless Steel and Aluminum Zip Wing Bands! The edges of these bands can be welded together using a spot welder to create a completely tamper resistant wing band.

Available stamped with logos, dates, names, consecutive numbers and more!

Style 890-4SS for Stainless Steel

Style 890-4AL for Aluminum

Dimensions: 1 13/40” x 7/8”

 

weldable wing band on bird

A History of Leg Bands and Ear Tags

Click to download a PDF of our Visual History Timeline.

visual history timeline screen shot

LEG BANDS

1595 – The first record of a metal band attached to a bird’s leg was when one of Henry IV’s banded Peregrine Falcons was lost and found later in Malta, about 1350 miles away.

1669 – Duke Ferdinand placed a silver band on a Grey Heron around 1669. The bird was recovered by his grandson almost 60 years later in 1728.

1710 – A German falconer captured a grey heron with several rings on one leg. The bander was unknown but one of the rings was placed on the heron in Turkey, more than 1,200 miles to the east.

1803 – The first records of banding in North America are those of John James Audubon, the famous American naturalist. He tied silver cords to the legs of a brood of Phoebes and was able to identify two of the nestlings when they returned the following year.

1899 – Hans Mortensen, a Danish school teacher, began placing aluminum rings on the legs of bird. He inscribed the bands with his name and address in the hope they would be returned to him if found.

1902 – National Band & Tag is founded and starts selling leg bands for poultry.

1904 – The real pioneer bander in the Americas was Jack Miner who established the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Between 1909 and 1939 he banded 20,000 Canada Geese alone, many of which carried bands returned to him by hunters.

1920 – Frederick Lincoln forms the North American bird banding program that we all know today as the United States Geological Survey (USGS Bird Banding Lab).

2010 – NB&T starts making Replica Bands.

2017 – The oldest banded bird, Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, has a baby at age 66.

EAR TAGS

1799 – Livestock ear tags were developed in 1799 under the direction of Sir Joseph Banks, for identification of King George III’s Merino sheep flock. Matthew Boulton designed and produced the first ear tags for sheep made from tin.

1895 – Ear tags were incorporated as breed identification in the United States with the forming of the International Ohio Improved Chester Association.

1913 – Ear tags were developed in Canada as a means to identify cattle when testing for tuberculosis.

1945 – The first ear tags were primarily steel with nickel plating. After World War II, larger, flag-like, plastic tags were developed in the United States.

1949 – National Band & Tag invents the style 49 ear tag for cattle.

1953 – The first two-piece, self-piercing plastic ear tag was developed and patented.

1956 – National Band & Tag invents the style 56 ear tag for cattle.

1992 – NB&T assists in getting the first USDA Organic Certification.

2004 – The U.S. Government asked farmers to use EID or Electronic Identification ear tags on all their cattle. This request was part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Remaches de colores en las bandas para la alas

¿Tratando de decidir entre el 890-3 y el 892-3 Los 890 tienen un remache separado, mientras que en el 892  el remache está construido en forma de tubo a partir del cuerpo de la placa. Ambos son del mismo tamaño y usan el aplicador 890S. En ambos, la rotura o violación del remache es evidente, siendo imposible de reutilizar.

890 vs 892

Otra diferencia es que el 890-3 puede combinarse con  remaches de distintos colores. Los remaches son normalmente color aluminio (plateados), pero pueden ser sustituidos por unos de color rojo, azul, verde, amarillo y naranja. Los remaches de colores tienen un minimo de 2000 unidades por color.

colored eyelets

yellow band green eyelet

¿Que tipo de Zip prefieres?

Colored Eyelets for Wing Bands

Trying to decide between the 890-3 and the 892-3?  The 890 has a separate eyelet piece, whereas, the 892 has a drawn tube of metal that forms the “eyelet”. They are the same size and use the same 890S applicator. Both are tamper-evident.

890 vs 892

Another difference is that the 890-3 can be made more unique looking by adding different colored eyelets. Eyelets are usually a plain (silver) color, but they can be made in red, blue, green, yellow or orange! Colored eyelets have a 2,000 per color minimum.

colored eyelets

yellow band green eyelet

Which Zip wing band do you prefer?

What bands and tags do you sell the most?

At NB&T we offer hundreds of bands and tags to choose from, all in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We sell tags to various industries, including, but not limited to: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, companion animals, wildlife conservation and industrial applications.

With so many different tags to choose from, we took a poll amongst our customer service representatives and asked, “What bands and tags do you sell the most?”

(These numbers are not a true representation of our sales overall, but show what our customer service reps get the most phone calls about).

tag pie chart

A Few of Our Favorite Tags

Do you have a favorite tag?

At NB&T, we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of employees, what is your favorite tag style and why?

Ryan (Global Accounts): Style 60 – “It was the first tag I ever sold, and I like the 60 versus the 61 because it has the dog stamped on it.”  

60

 

Joe (VP Purchasing/Office, Treasurer): Style 1005-1 – “We manufacture hundreds of thousands of these each year. They are our most profitable style of tag, which is why they are my favorite!”  

1005-1

 

Natasha (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be completely customized.  A lot of my repeat customers use them as business cards or promotional items. I enjoy working with them to find the best layout, size and color for their use.”  

1242 collage

 

Aris (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 890 – “The Zip is my favorite wing band because a lot of my customers like the style, colors and options available. I love recommending design options if they are unsure of what they want. My customers always end up happy with the final product.”  

890

 

Linda (Office Manager): Style 516 – “The large paw print tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my three basset hounds. The new turquoise color is also my favorite color that we offer.”  

516

 

Kim (Sales Representative): Style 265 – “I like the small dog bone, style 265, instead of the two larger dog bone styles because it is petite and dainty.”  

265

 

Fred (VP of Operations): Style 14 – “Barcoded 14’s [Rectangle with rounded edges] are my favorite tags because 14’s are versatile, and come in different sizes. The barcode also makes it high tech.”  

14

 

Chris (Sales Manager): Style 173 – “I like the fun fire hydrant shaped tags. We have four sizes to choose from but I think the largest one, style 173 is the best because you can fit the most information on it.”  

173

 

Eddie (Poultry Department Manager): Style 893B – “The 893B is my favorite tag because it is the only brass wing band that we make. They are different from what my department normally produces.”  

893B

 

Katie (Office Assistance): Style 515 – “The small paw print is my favorite because it’s cute and can fit on both dogs and cats.”  

515

 

Sallie (Hasco Consultant): Style 440 – “I love hearts in general, but the 440 is my favorite because it is the one we brought over from Hasco.”  

440

 

Atlas Seal – ¡Nuestros anillos ajustables para patas más populares!

Las Atlas Seal 305A y 305AL son las más vendidas entre las bandas ajustables para patas debido a su tamaño ajustable, la variedad de colores en que están disponibles y la seguridad de su sistema de sellado. Estos anillos son excelentes para múltiples especies de aves, especialmente populares para aves de corral.

305A-305AL

Material: .020 Aluminio: 0.51 mm de espesor.

Estampado y numeración:
Estándar: Hasta 6 números  consecutivos en relieve. Estampados especiales disponibles (nombres, números telefónicos, etc).

Utilice las tablas de abajo para diseñar su estampado. Cada celda representa un caracter. Si su estampado cabe dentro de la zona verde el costo es de $10.00. Si su estampado llega al area anaranjada, costará $20.00. Las letras siempre se hacen lo más grande que permite el espacio disponible (basado en una numeración de 4 dígitos). Para precios y cargos especiales, Haga Click Aqui

305A:

305A stamping limits

305AL:

305AL stamping limits

La herramienta 305S es necesaria para sellar el remache.

anodized legband colors

enamel legband colors

**** Los colores pueden variar según las disponilidad****
Por favor note: los colores en esmalte son duraderos, mientras que los anodizados pueden rayarse.

Atlas Seal – Our Most Popular Adjustable Leg Bands!

The Atlas Seal 305A and 305AL are top sellers amongst adjustable leg bands because of the flexible sizes they can adjust to, the variety of colors they are available in, and the secure rivet that closes them. These leg bands are great for multiple species of birds, especially popular for poultry.

305A-305AL

Material: .020 Aluminum

Stamping and Numbering:
Standard stamping is up to a 6 digit embossed consecutive number. Special stamping is available (for example names and phone numbers).

Use the boxes below to find out how much stamping you can fit on your band. One box equals one character. Staying inside the green is a $10 set up charge, and if your stamping goes into the orange boxes, it will be a $20 set up charge. Stamping will be made as large as possible. (Stamping based on a 4 digit number). For tag pricing and other special charges, Click Here.

305A:

305A stamping limits

305AL:

305AL stamping limits

The 305S applicator is required to seal the rivet.

Our Available Colors:

anodized legband colors

enamel legband colors

**** Colors may vary based on material available****
Please note: enamel colors will last, while anodized may scratch

Plastic Coil Bands Have Been Discontinued

We would like to inform our customers that National Band & Tag’s product line of Plastic Coil Bands have officially been discontinued. We offer other leg bands that can be used instead of the coil bands. See the size chart below to find a replacement option for the size band you need.

discontinued coil bands

Plastic Coil Bands Inside Diameter Replacement Option 1 – Aluminum Butt-End Bands Replacement Option 2 – Plastic Spirals Replacement Option 3 – Plastic Bandettes
992 1/8” Size 4
993 3/16” Size 6
994 1/4” Size 8 2104
995 5/16” Size 10 2105 905

Aluminum Butt-End Bands are great leg bands because they can be stamped with your information on them or be blank. The aluminum is also more durable than plastic. Colors available are: Plain (Silver), Black, Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Brown, Turquoise (not pictured), Light Purple, Light Blue, Light Green, Light Red, Light Orange, Pink, Yellow, Tan, White. (Not all colors are available in all sizes–refer to the size band you want to view colors).

1242-4 bird band colors

1242-4 Butt-End Band Colors (other sizes may have different colors available)

Plastic Spirals are most like the Plastic Coil Bands. They cannot be engraved and they do not require an applicator. Colors available are: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, Light Blue, Brown, Black and White.

plastic spirals

Plastic Spirals, Sizes 4-9

Plastic Bandettes are similar to the Plastic Coil Bands in the coiling effect. These bands are sold in packs of 25 and come numbered from 1 to 200. Colors available are Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Orange.

leg bandettes

Not sure which replacement style is right for you? Give us a call at 859-261-2035 and talk with one of our identification specialists.

Jiffy Tag – Style 893

Today we would like to feature our Jiffy Tag, style 893! This is one of our most versatile tags that can be used as a wing band, small animal ear tag, rabbit ear tag, fish tag and more! This style is also popular because it is the only self-piercing wing band that comes in brass. Other materials include plain or colored aluminum and monel. This tag has been around for decades and has proven itself in the field time and time again.

Click here to view tagging hints, colors, stamping limitations and other information on the Jiffy: https://nationalband.com/products/jiffy-893/

How do you use your Jiffy tags? Comment below!

jiffy wing bands

WEIGHT SPECIAL PRICE PRICE PER 100 PRICE PER 1000
STYLE DESCRIPTION PER 1000 CHARGES EACH 100 500 1000 5000 10000
893 Jiffy – Aluminum – Size 3 1.25 A,B,E,F,G 8.80 7.00 56.00 53.00 50.00
893B Jiffy – Brass – Size 3 5 lbs A,B,E,F 12.40 9.90 79.00 75.00 71.00
893S Applicator for 893 .50 10.50