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.

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Leg Bands
Leg bands are 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.

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leg band varieties

***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 for chickens

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.

toe 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.


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11 replies
  1. Gaëlle Nicolas
    Gaëlle Nicolas says:


    I need to identify chick (baby) to birth until 28 days of age, what is it advised to have an indivdual identification of the birth to D28?
    I can’t find information about size of poultry paw per age.

  2. Sandra Reyes
    Sandra Reyes says:

    Buenas tardes, Le escribo desde Colombia. Cual es la mínima cantidad de placas Zip para gallos de Combate que venden? Y en que página podría hacer la compra y el pago? Gracias, espero su respuesta

    • Andrea
      Andrea says:

      ¡Hola! Estoy enviando su solicitud a uno de nuestros representantes de servicio al cliente que se comunicará con usted en breve. ¡Gracias!

  3. Alison Russell
    Alison Russell says:

    I’m breeding silky and muskovys and I want 1) wing band for adult breeders
    2)wing band for first month chicks
    3)wing band for 2nd month chicks
    4) wing band for 3rd month pullets
    5)wing band for 4th month old
    6)wing band for all of the ones
    ready to be sold
    * Could you tell me the sizes and what I need to order in each category and how much for 100 pieces. A different colour would indicate each age. I want to be able to clip them on myself without them falling off Are they numbered 1 to 100?

    • Alison
      Alison says:


      Wings bands you apply once at any age, and they grow with the chick and stay on for life. They are not meant to be taken on and off. Leg bands can be taken on and off, and you will need to put a larger size on as the chicks grow. We have multiple colors to choose from, and you can put any numbering/letting on them. To talk to a customer service representative about your options, please call us at 859-261-2035.

  4. Tex Hooper
    Tex Hooper says:

    I like what you said about using toe punches to identify certain animals. I need to get a bunch of custom ids for some products. I’ll have to order some tags.


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