… and working with poultry as a career path
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