… and work­ing with poul­try as a ca­reer path

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QI’m 14 and have loved keep­ing chick­ens since I was lit­tle. My dream is to work with them for the rest of my life, but ev­ery­one says it’s a hobby, not a job. Can you help?

AAnne Perdeaux says: Some vets spe­cialise in poul­try, so that might be an op­tion if you can achieve the high grades in the sciences re­quired for vet­eri­nary col­lege. In agri­cul­ture, the egg and poul­try meat in­dus­tries of­fer a range of op­por­tu­ni­ties, from work­ing di­rectly with the birds to ad­min­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal roles. You can find ex­am­ples of the jobs cur­rently avail­able ad­ver­tised in farm­ing mag­a­zines. If this isn’t what you had in mind, some of the larger breed­ers, sup­pli­ers of poul­try equip­ment and res­cue char­i­ties em­ploy staff. How­ever, not all of these po­si­tions are hands-on with chick­ens. An­other op­tion could be to set up your own busi­ness breed­ing and sup­ply­ing chick­ens for sale. It would be worth talk­ing to some­one who does this, ask­ing for their ad­vice and maybe try­ing to gain some work ex­pe­ri­ence with them. You might also con­sider tak­ing a poul­try man­age­ment course, lead­ing to a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. If you do fancy be­ing an egg-en­tre­pre­neur, you could start small by sell­ing eggs lo­cally (see above) and of­fer­ing chicken-sit­ting ser­vices to neigh­bours.

You can find ex­am­ples of the jobs cur­rently avail­able ad­ver­tised in the farm­ing press

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