March 19th is National Poultry Day! Did you know, the word poultry is derived from the Latin word “pullus” which means “small animal”? Today we use the word poultry to describe domesticated birds kept for meat, eggs, and feathers.
National Band & Tag manufactures a variety of products for poultry identification such as wing bands, leg bands, and clip-on blinders. We got our start 118 years ago in 1902 by selling wing bands and leg bands for chickens. NB&T has many types of poultry customers, backyard farmers, genetic researchers, breeders, hatcheries, and more all use our ID products.
While our products can work on many types of poultry, here are some of the most popular items chosen by our customers depending on species:
- Chickens – Wing Bands or metal leg bands (leg band size depends on species)
- Ducks – size 14 or 16 leg bands
- Geese – Size 24 leg bands
- Peafowl – Jiffy Wing Bands, Size 22 or 24 leg bands
- Pheasants – Size 14 leg band
- Pigeons – Seamless plastic bands or size 10, 12, or 14 metal bands (depending on species)
- Turkeys – Size 24 or 28 leg bands
- Quail – 1614G leg bands
Wing Bands are a popular option because they are permanent, and have a high retention rate. Wing bands are usually put on chicks, anywhere from a day old to a few weeks, but can also be put on adult birds.
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. When ordering leg bands, please measure your bird’s leg for accurate sizing. We are not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered. For more information on how to measure your bird’s leg, check out this blog.
Celebrate National Poultry Day with NB&T by placing your order today!
Please note that as we enter into Spring, our busy season for poultry and livestock will begin. Ordering your bands early will help you avoid longer production times.