Biosecurity requirement: Due to USDA and FDA regulations, workers cannot live in housing or otherwise have contact with birds other than chickens on from the job site. This includes visiting family or friends with birds, hunting and visiting pet stores or zoos. Breeching the biosecurity protocol is grounds for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION.
Sanitation Requirements: For general personal safety purposes, all workers will be required and expected to follow common sanitary practices at all times. This is particularly critical working with live farm animals. Employees are required to cleanse their hands by washing them thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom and before entering the fields for harvest activities or the packing facility for packing operations.
(Primary) Pullet Rearing - Count baby chicks into cages upon arrival. Split up baby chicks to different tiers within barn. Vaccinate pullets at twelve weeks of age. Load pullets into carts to be transported to laying hen houses at the end of the rearing period. Workers will perform dry and wet cleaning and maintenance duties to prepare laying houses for pullets at the end of the rearing period and to clean empty pullet houses after pullets are moved out. The dry-cleaning duties include using backpack blowers to blow down henhouses, sweep floors, clean lights and other miscellaneous cleaning and light repair duties. Wet cleaning includes pressure washing and spraying wet disinfectant to thoroughly clean hen houses. This job includes holding a pressure washing nozzle outstretched from your body for a number of hours in a very humid environment. Due to enhanced biosecurity protocol, workers will only be allowed to enter and work in areas approved by their supervisor.
(Secondary) Winter/Spring Cleaning - Clean interior of barns of build-up that occurs during cold months. Seasonal cleaning is to a greater extent than the routine cleaning that is performed
daily/weekly. Pick up refuse and perform light maintenance in and around the exterior of the farm, including painting and light construction.
Driving Workers- Drive workers daily to and from the work site. Drive workers weekly to the grocery store and bank.
Work they will not perform - Processing, delivering, clerical work, daily routine cleaning or daily mortality removal and animal welfare checks.
Biosecuritv Requirements - Any persons coming on to our farms and into our barns must not own birds, unless they are not located within a commutable distance from any of our farm locations. This is mandated by the following: During certain duties, workers may be required to work in teams to accomplish a certain task. When engage in team work activities workers must coordinate with other members of the team to accomplish the task.
United Egg Producers -Animal Welfare Certification
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Poultry Improvement Program - Biosecurity Indemnification Requirement
Eggland's Best Standard Operating Procedures- Biosecurity Standard
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)- 21 CFR, Parts 16 and 118 - Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs
Employer retains the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malinger, or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but does not demonstrate the willingness to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product.