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Banded pigeons . What do they mean ?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by poultrykeeper08, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    All the pigeons i bought at the auction or at a breeders house have bands on them . What do they mean

    Here are some examples of the bands

    Fantail - NPA 8 07 BU 2972
    homer -IFS 2002 370
    modena-NPA 9 06 MJ 619
    German Beuty -NPA 10 07 FL 583

    Any info would be great
  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    NPA stands for National Pigeon Association
    The first #'s are the month and year hatched, then the breeders initials and band #...IFS I think is a racing club.......
  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    They have a web site for the racing ones. it will telll you who it belongs to and from where it's from.
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Yes the NPA bands are for show birds, they must be banded to be enter in the Shows.

    IFA is a national racing club , the other is AU and your birds needs these bands to race in the clubs races.

    Band can only be put on the birds around 10 days old.
    Band will give year of hatch, and number that can be tracked back to the breeder.

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