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 the 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 the 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:

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