A chicken farmer is employed by a poultry farm for breeding and taking care of the chicken production. Depending on the size of the farm, a chicken farmer’s responsibilities will differ. At smaller farms, the farmer is directly responsible for most of the work related to the chickens’ upbringing, such as feeding, cleaning their living space examining them for possible medical problems – and last but not least, collecting the egg production. On larger-sized farms, there are usually specialized workers to perform these tasks and the farmer’s job is to supervise them and teach newcomers the important aspects of the trade.
Becoming a chicken farmer involves learning from more experienced workers at a farm. Level of education generally plays no role in choosing candidates. The most common way for chicken farmers to move up in their careers is to start out working at small farms until they’re experienced enough to be hired as supervisors at larger farms, some even choosing to start their own farms at some point. A good sense of hygiene is important for working at a chicken farm, as is experience with working with animals in general.
Chicken farmers who work at a farm can expect to earn between $35,000 and $55,000 a year, depending on the production of the farm and the annual income it manages to generate. Those who own their own farms are able to earn substantially more, up to $160,000 in some cases. The earnings of a chicken farm owner vary depending on the number of employees and the size of the production.