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.

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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.


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).

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 wing bands

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).

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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 the 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.”  

dog house tag


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!”  

mouse ear tag


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 duck bands


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.”  

wing band


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.”  

paw print dog tag


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.”  

bone dog tag


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.”  

barcoded rectangle tag


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.”  

fire plug dog tag


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.”  

brass wing band


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

cat paw print tag


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.”  

heart shaped dog tag


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 atlas seal adjustable leg band

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 stamping limits


305AL stamping limits

The 305S applicator is required to seal the rivet.

Our Available Colors:

anodized adjustable leg band colors

enamel leg band colors atlas seal

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

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:

How do you use your Jiffy tags? Comment below!

jiffy wing bands

Toe Punches for Chicks

Permanently mark your baby chickens with an easy to use Toe Punch! There are up to 16 different marking combinations available, ranging from no marks to all four webs punched. Check out all the combinations in the chart below!

Toe punches are an alternative form of identification to leg and wing bands for those who don’t need their birds numbered and want the process to be quick and easy. Punching the web doesn’t hurt the chick and is a form of permanent identification.

We offer two styles of toe punches, The Punch (style 1538) and The Compound Action Punch (style 1539). Both make a 2mm hole, but the newer compound punch looks like a pair of nail clippers and is easier to use.

chick toe punch

The Punch – Style 1538

compound action chick toe punch

The Compound Action Punch – Style 1539

chick toe punch chart

NEW 898-3 Fusion 2D Barcoded Wing Bands

tab end wingbands barcoded

At National Band & Tag, our poultry business started with backyard birds in the early 1900s. When neighbors squabbled about who’s birds were who’s, Joseph Haas found a solution in creating different colored poultry leg bands and wing bands. This has evolved a great deal over the years, from adding numbering, to custom stamping of names and farms, to our current offerings that include barcodes, fusion ink, and tamper-resistant seals. Keep reading for more detail on the exciting options we offer in poultry bands today!

Tab End 898-3: A pre-formed band that’s fast and secure. This wing band can be applied completely by hand, no applicator required! Approximate dimension when closed 3/16” height x 5/8” length.

Fusion: “Fusion Marked” characters utilize permanent ink for an easy to read, black, contrasting barcode and number. The fusion process on the Tab End and Zip have a 500 band minimum. Tags are available in White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink, Brown, and Light Gray.

2D Data Matrix Barcode: The data matrix is superior to the linear barcode for multiple reasons:

  • It can contain up to 2,335 alphanumeric characters, while a linear barcode can contain up to 5 or 6 alphanumeric characters.
  • Data matrixes are great for encoding large amounts of information on a small amount of space, such as a wing band.
  • It is the most secure barcode there is, data cannot be changed or altered once the barcode is created.
  • A 2D data matrix can be scanned with a smart phone or 2D scanner.

Complete number sequences – No duplicate numbers – No missing numbers – Guaranteed!



NB&T at Trade Shows

It’s one our favorite times of the year again, Trade Show Time! We attend trade shows for different industries and products throughout the year, but between January and February we will be exhibiting at 4 shows! If you are attending any of the shows or conventions below, be sure to stop by and see us.

NAGA logo2016 will be NAGA’s 84th Annual Conference. Their mission is “to protect, promote and sustain a positive environment in which game bird producers and hunting preserve operators can grow their businesses through monitoring and influencing of legislation, informing and educating our members on current industry trends and issues, and promoting and sustaining our hunting heritage through increased public awareness.”

IPPE 4c LogoThe International Production and Processing Expo, is also known as the International Poultry Expo. “Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on Innovation, Education, Global Reach and Networking”

NWTF logo2016 will be the NWTF’s 40th annual convention. “The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” is the NWTF’s 10-year initiative to:

  1. Conserve or enhance 4 million acres of critical upland habitat
  2. Create 1.5 million hunters
  3. Open access to 500,000 additional acres for hunting”

pheasants forever logoPheasants Forever teams up with Quail Forever to put on the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic each year. “Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.”

Which event will you be attending?


A Look Back at 2015

happy 2015!National Band & Tag Company has had a wonderful 2015! We have introduced new products throughout the year as well as new features for our existing products and more. Check out the links below to see what you might have missed!

New Products

  • Split Ring Chain Sling – Joining our chain sling tag line up, this tag is made of galvanized steel and has a split in the ring that can be welded shut.
  • Plumber Tags – Now available laser etched with boxes that can be written in with a sharpie.
  • Size 14 Bandettes – Our largest sized plastic bandette with a 7/8th inch diameter.
  • Wire Bundles – Customized to the length you need between 3” to 20” inches. Available in 304 stainless steel or galvanized steel.
  • Black UV Cable Ties – These cable ties will stand up to UV exposure, are 18 inches long and come in a 50lb bag.
  • 3/16th hand stamps – Our largest sized hand stamp for letters and numbers so that you can stamp tags yourself.

New Product Features

  • The letter Ñ ñ stamp is now available to be stamped on any band or tag.
  • Laser etched corners and borders can be added to almost any tag to give it a more decorative look.
  • Laser etched inverted logos are a new creative way to show off your company’s logo.
  • Yellow backing on the Write-On Tag (Style 2702) has been removed, the cardboard backing is biodegradable.
  • Zip 892-3 Wing Band, the 1,000 band minimum has been lowered to a 100 band minimum.

New Services

Are there any new products, features or services you would like to see from National Band & Tag in 2016? Just let us know in the comment section below or call us at 859-261-2035!


We’d also like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and many blessings in the New Year!

Poultry Wing Bands

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Are you in need of wing bands for your chickens or roosters? Look no further! We offer a variety of wing bands to meet everyone’s needs from breeding, to research, to game birds and more. Whether you need sequential numbering, your company’s name or a barcode, we can accommodate almost any identification need.

To help you decide which wing band is best for you, view the comparison chart below.

National Band & Tag Wing Band Feature Comparison Chart
Wing Band / Features Tamper Resistant Available Bar coded Materials Applicator Fusion Colors Available Other Features
Tab End Style 898 No Yes Aluminum No Yes 4 different sizes available. Fast and easy to apply.

Style 890

Yes Yes Aluminum Yes

(Style 890s)

Yes 3 different sizes available. Colored eyelets.

Style 892

Yes No Aluminum Yes

(Style 890s)

Yes Drawn tube that is similar to an eyelet

Style 893

No No Aluminum, Brass, Monel Yes

(Style 893s)

Yes Self-piercing


Wing Band News:nino-tags

  • The Zip 892 use to have a 1,000 band minimum, it has now been lowered to 100 band minimum.
  • Ñ ñ letters are now available for stamping.
  • All wing bands are now available in fusion colors.
  • Free samples available – call today!

The Zip 890 is one of our most popular wing band styles.

Share below what your favorite wing band is!

National Chicken Wing Day – Chicken Wing Bands

The people of the United States love chicken! July 29 was deemed National Chicken Wing Day by the city of New York where Buffalo Wings were first invented. More chickens are raised for food than all other land animals combined, and Americans alone consume 8 billion chickens a year. Most of these chickens are farm-raised for different fast-food chains and grocery stores. These large corporations raise hundreds of thousands of chickens and need to identify them.

At National Band and Tag, we love chickens and love to make bands for chickens!

For this purpose, we make identification wing bands and leg bands for the chickens in order to track, breed, process, and produce chicken. Our most popular style of wing bands are metal. They can be closed without an applicator and can be laser etched with numbers and bar codes. We have many different styles of bands, colors, and options depending on your needs. Let National Band & Tag help you with all of your identification needs today!

tab end wing band

Tab End Wing Bands – Style 898

zip wing bands

Zip Wing Bands – Style 890

jiffy wing bands

Jiffy Wing Bands – Style 893

To learn more about National Chicken Wing Day check out:

Bird Flu – What We Can Do To Help

The USDA has confirmed numerous cases of bird flu (avian influenza) since December 2014. It’s been reported in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease is not limited to any one type of flock, as it has been found in wild birds as well as backyard and commercial poultry flocks. Click here for a current map of the US areas affected.

To help curb the problem the USDA has plans in place, which include surveillance, reporting, biosecurity, movement control, vaccination and depopulation. All of these plans require diligent tracking and tagging of birds. That’s where we come in.

At National Band & Tag, we’ve been providing banding and tagging solutions for birds for over 100 years. We manufacture wing bands, adjustable leg bands and non- adjustable leg bands, as well as hundreds of other products. These styles, specifically, can be helpful tools in the quarantine, eradication, monitoring, and testing processes.

If you have questions, or would like more information about the solutions we offer, give us a call at 859-261-2035. We’d be happy to help.

Specific Products that May Be Useful for Bird Flu Prevention

Poultry Wingbands – Style 681681

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Butt-End Bird Bands – Style 1242ProductTemplate_BUTT-END BANDS1242