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Farm Labourer - Broiler Chicken Production

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Broiler Chicken Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes Broiler chicken farms that operate together under supply management and follow market trends to match what they grow with demand. To learn more about how Canadian broiler chickens go from farm to table, visit LetsTalkChicken.ca

Tour a Chicken Farm at LetsTalkChicken.ca
  • The industry plans production to prevent surpluses or shortages. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian chicken products.

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Broiler Chicken Farm Labourers 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

  • Barn Labourer
  • Chicken Catcher
  • Farm Hand
  • Catcher
  • Livestock Labourer
  • 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
  • Follow environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Maintain health and safety of self and others
  • Maintain biosecurity
  • Assist with flock health and welfare
  • Prepare broiler barn
  • Receive chicks
  • Assist with feeding and watering
  • Assist with preparation for transport
  • Assist with post-production activities
  • Assist with maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment and tools
  • 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 Chicken Production
  • Teamwork
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Attention to Detail
  • Continuous Learning
  • Biosecurity - Animals/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 Chicken Farm Labourers will gain experience, and will learn to perform more complex tasks and activities to become an experienced Worker. With more production experience and some training courses, they can 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.