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Farm Labourer - Table Egg Chicken Production

 Lydia Schouten

Table Egg Chicken Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes over 1000 egg farms that operate together under supply management and follow market trends to match what they produce with demand. Table egg production is managed to prevent surpluses or shortages.

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  • Canadians benefit by having continual and year-round access to fresh, local and high-quality eggs.

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Table Egg 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
  • Egg Collector
  • Egg Picker
  • Farm Hand
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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 barn
  • Receive chicks
  • Assist with pullet duties
  • Assist with preparation for transport to laying barn
  • Prepare laying barn
  • Assist with laying hen duties
  • Assist with preparation for flock removal
  • Assist with post-production activities
  • Assist with maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment, tools and technology

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
  • Table Egg Chicken Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Continuous Learning
  • Biosecurity 

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?

Table Egg Chicken Farm Labourers that gain experience and learn to perform more complex tasks and activities will become an experienced Worker. With more production experience and some training courses, they can become specialized in some aspect of table egg chicken production, or can become Table Egg Chicken 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.