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Poultry Farm Worker

 

Overview

A poultry farm employee assists in daily operations on the farm. This can include checking birds, collecting eggs and feeding.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Ensure birds have access to food and water
  • Walk through the house to Identify sick or injured birds
  • Utilize proper biosecurity standards when entering and exiting houses
  • On layer farms, assist with egg collection, washing and sorting
  • On layer farms, assist with putting eggs in cartons
  • Control temperature of houses for ultimate bird comfort
  • Conduct maintenance on the house and watering/heating system as needed
  • Control house lighting to meet bird needs
  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required. Although it is not always required associates degree in animal science or animal husbandry would be recommended.

 

To pursue a career as a poultry farm worker:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, animal science, biology, mathematics and chemistry.

 

Where can I work?

Poultry farm workers are employed by farmers to work on their farm. The farms are typically contracted to grow for a retailer.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a poultry farm worker will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • U.S. Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • National Chicken Council
  • State Poultry Association/Federation