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What does It Take To Work On MacFarlane Pheasant’s Brooder Crew?

On January 2, 2018 in Brooder by spope

Our job posting for a brooder crew worker lists the basic skills needed to work anywhere on our farm. A crew member needs to be: responsible, dependable, motivated, have organizational skills, common sense, acute attention to detail, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift 50 pounds or more.

In addition to those skills, we look for some other attributes and experiences that will insure success on the brooder crew.

  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Quick learner
  • Internal drive and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Strong communication skills
  • Punctual
  • Honest
  • Reliable
  • Ethical

Tractor and skid loader experience is also a huge plus in this position.

The reason these attributes are important for a brooder crew worker is that we work in a fast-paced and tightly scheduled world. We have young, wild birds in the barns and they can be unpredictable.

During our peak, we care for nine barns with around 220,000 birds at one time, with birds hatching weekly. It takes super organization to make sure their environments, feed, water, and care is top quality. We also do a fair amount of our own maintenance to keep our equipment in tip-top shape. We are always looking ahead to new technology so that we work smarter, not harder. Sometimes things go wrong. There can be lots of stress with so many young animals. A positive attitude and the ability to work with a team to solve problems are essential qualities.

MacFarlane Pheasants is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in working on our pheasant farm, please see our website at



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