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Farm Worker - 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 acces to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian chicken products.

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

  • Farm workers require minimal or no supervision; operate farm machinery and equipment; and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Typically, farm workers need some secondary school education and up to two years of occupational training or farm experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Egg Gatherer
  • Egg Picker
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Farm Workers perform 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
  • Maintain flock health and welfare
  • Prepare pullet/cockerel barn(s)
  • Receive pullets and cockerels
  • Perform juvenile bird duties
  • Prepare for transport to breeding barn
  • Prepare breeding barn(s)
  • Perform adult bird duties
  • Prepare for end-of-lay transport
  • Perform post-production activities
  • Maintain facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Maintain 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
  • Attention to Detail
  • Biosecurity - Animal/Livestock
  • Iniative
  • Equipment Tools and Maintenance

What attracts people to this job?

Workers are at the core of any farming operation – the people who actually do the work. They are also the people who are promoted to supervisory roles and/or trained to become technical specialists. 

  • Ambitious people become Workers on a Broiler Breeder Farm to learn how to supervise or manage an operation, so that one day they can manage their own

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

In larger operations, Workers on a Broiler Breeder Farm may be moved laterally – from one job to another within the same category. This gives them broader experience and prepares them for technical or supervisory roles. On smaller operations experienced workers cover more tasks.

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

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for experienced farm workers ranges from $16 to $18 per hour.