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1st Shift Hatchery Lead

Date:  May 13, 2022

Beaver Dam, KY, US, 42320

Req ID:  56035
Job Function:  Live Production

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


Provides work direction and training to Hatchery associates, monitoring equipment functions, maintaining the best posssible environment for hatching the healthiest, highest quality chicks for placement with company growers.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Monitors operations of egg setters and hatchers, ensuring consistent proper temperature and humidity levels are maintained.  Conducts and records machine checks every three hours.  Identifies and resolves common equipment malfunctions in a timely manner.

Coordinates receipt of nightly eff shipments verifying accuracy of shipping documentation.  Arranges flocks within eff room to facilitate identification and movement at required set times.  Relaods eff truch with filled buggies.  Ensures eff room is cleaned and disinfected weekly and/or as required.

Prepares set sheet ensuring proper eff rotation based on eff pack dates.  Coordinates setting of eff buggies nightly, transferring from farm buggies to setter racks.

Prepares hatchery for daily processing.  Coordinates padding of chick boxes nightly, ensures trash is emptied, starts boiler, loads box de-stacker, moves empty eff buggies from tray wash room to hatch halls.

Cooridnates and performs salmonella intervention, pouring formaldehyde in hatchers at designated intervals following transfer.

Oversees and performs hatchery disinfection, ensuring all set and hatch halls are fogged nightly.  Operates try wash machine, washing chick boxes weekly or as required.

Minimum Education

High school or equivalent

Experience Requirements

Experience Preferred

High school and 1 year experience in hatchery processing preferred.  Some basic mechanical/electrical knowledge also preferred.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Exposed to temperatures ranging from 60 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and humidities up to 100%.  Exposed to chemicals, drups and vaccines to be covered in MSDS training and hazardous communications.  Use personal protective equipment as required.  Ability to lift 4 lbs. to a height of 6 feet, to push 75 lbs. a distance of 75 feet and lift 20 - 25 lbs. to a height of 3 feet.  Must be able to work in a wet, damp, dusty (chick down) environment.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Owensboro