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Farm Worker - 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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Similar to Labourers, Table Egg Chicken Farm Workers 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

  • Egg Handler
  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Poultry Farm Worker
  • Poultry Worker
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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 barn
  • Receive chicks
  • Perform pullet duties
  • Prepare for bird transport to laying barn
  • Prepare laying barn
  • Perform laying hen duties
  • Prepare for flock removal
  • Perform post-production activities
  • Maintain facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Maintain 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 Practices
  • Table Egg Chicken Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Attention to Detail
  • Biosecurity
  • 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 Table Egg Chicken Farm Workers to learn how to supervise or manage a Table Egg Chicken operation, so that one day they can manage their own

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Table Egg Chicken Farm Workers 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.