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Farm Labourer - Broiler Breeder Production

 Frank Robinson

Broiler Breeder Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes Broiler Breeder Farms or Broiler Chicken Hatcheries that supply more than 2,000 broiler chicken farmers across Canada with day-old chicksTo learn more about how Canadian broiler chickens go from farm to table, visit Lets Talk Chicken.ca

Tour a Broiler Breeder Farm at LetsTalkChicken.ca
  • Supply management allows broiler chicken farms across the country to match their production to Canadian demand. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian chicken products.

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Labourers on a Broiler Breeder Farm perform a wide variety of tasks that depend on the type of operation.

  • Farm Labourers are fully supervised, may operate farm machinery, and acquire skills/ knowledge through on-the-job-training. Typically, farm labourers need no formal education or prior farm experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Chicken Catcher
  • Poultry Farm Labourer
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Farm Labourers assist with activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Comply with legislation, regulations and standards
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Follow environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Maintain health and safety of self and others
  • Maintain biosecurity
  • Assist with flock health and welfare
  • Prepare pullet/cockerel barn
  • Receive pullets and cockerels
  • Assist with juvenile bird duties
  • Assist with the preparation for transport to breeding barn
  • Prepare breeding barn(s)
  • Assist with adult bird duties
  • Assist with preparation for end-of-lay transport
  • Assist with post-production activities
  • Assist with maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment and tools

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance. 

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Broiler Breeder Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Continuous Learning
  • Biosecurity - Animal/Livestock

What attracts people to this job?

This job is a good starting point for people seeking temporary or long term employment. In most cases it is not necessary to have farm experience or even any formal working experience, nor is it necessary to have a high school diploma or formal education. This job:

  • Provides people an opportunity to work with animals
  • Gives people an opportunity to work with machinery and equipment

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Broiler Breeder Farm Labourers who have gained experience usually take on more complex tasks and activities and become experienced Workers. With more experience and some training courses they could become specialized in some aspect of production, or can become farm supervisors to manage a crew.

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for this job ranges, but tends to be hourly at minimum wage or slightly higher.