Poultry Hatchery Manager
Hatchery Managers over see all aspects of a poultry hatchery. This includes the management of personnel, eggs and equipment.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Manage and coordinate, through supervisory personnel, hatchery activities such as, egg pick-up and deliveries, care, incubation and hatching, grading, vaccination, and preparation and shipping of chicks
- Oversee Quality Assurance/Quality Control program
- Monitor and manage facility equipment and repairs, addressing maintenance issues.
- Oversee hatchery sanitation
- Keep a current knowledge of industry trends and information regarding hatchery equipment and operations
- Manage animal welfare program
- Plan and oversee hatchery budget
- Comply with all company policies, animal welfare guidelines, and local, state and federal laws, and regulations
- Manage chick care, maintenance, packing and transfer activities
- Manage and maintain weekly hatch schedules providing proper number of birds to processing plant
- Direct supervision of salaried and hourly employees
What education and training is required?
To be a Hatchery Managers Bachelor’s degree in animal or poultry science is required.
To pursue a career as a poultry hatchery manager:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, mathematics, English, biology and chemistry.
Where can I work?
Hatchery managers work for poultry production companies that are vertically integrated or companies that provide stock for smaller poultry operations.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a hatchery manager will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- Poultry Science Association
- World’s Poultry Science Association
- State level associations and federations