Do you want to work as a Chicken Farmer?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

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What is a Chicken Farmer?

A chicken farmer is a person who breeds domestic chickens for commercial profit.

Chicken products:

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Feathers
  • Chicken poop/droppings for fertilizer

Alternative Names

A chicken farmer is also called:

  • Poultry Farmer
  • Poulterer

What does a Chicken Farmer do?

Career Categories

The Chicken Farmer career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Farming and Livestock Management
  • Business

What does a Chicken Farmer focus on?

A Chicken Farmer breeds and manages large amounts of chickens for commercial profit.

What are the daily tasks of a Chicken Farmer?

  • Build and maintain chicken coops
  • Research new breeding methods and practices
  • Keep environment safe and clean
  • Monitor nutrition and health of the chickens
  • Feed and give water
  • Liaise with stock buyers
  • Administration and marketing

The working environment of a Chicken Farmer

Where does a Chicken Farmer work?

Environment –

Most chicken farmers will work indoors to care for the chickens, as well as process their products. Free range farmers will spend equal amounts outdoors and indoors.

Places of Employment –

They work mostly in their own privately owned businesses.

What is the average annual salary of a Chicken Farmer?

They can earn a yearly average of US$40,000 per year. But the income depends on many factors, such as amount of breeding stock, need for chicken products.

Can a Chicken Farmer be promoted?

Most farmers own their own businesses, which means you are already the boss.

What difficulties can a Chicken Farmer face?

Farming is a labour and financially intensive career. Initial equipment purchases will be expensive, and maintaining a good profit can be difficult.

The work might also entail long hours and working over weekends and holidays.

Future Growth and Possibilities

Overall employment of Chicken Farmer is projected to grow steadily at around 5%. The demand for free ranged chickens and products keeps on rising.

Which Skills are required by a Chicken Farmer?

The skills required for a career as a Chicken Farmer can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills
40%

Career Skills

  • Animal handling
  • Animal care
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Chicken Farmer?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum qualifications to become a farmer is a High School Certificate. For more intensive farming, a college diploma or university degree would be best.

Study Focus

Majors –

You can follow a diploma or degree with majors in animal science, animal management, animal processing.

Short Courses –

Short Courses in the production of animal products can be taken.

Study Duration

The duration of a College Diploma is between 2 to 3 years, and a University Degree is between 3 and 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Most countries do not require special permits to raise chicken, but health certificates might be necessary if the chickens are processed on the property.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards the field of farming and livestock management.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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