Poultry Dresser

Slaughter and dress fowls.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Poultry Dressers do?

Slaughters and dresses fowl in preparation for marketing, performing any combination of following tasks: Chops off bird’s head or slits bird’s throat to slaughter bird, using knife. Hangs bird by feet to drain blood. Dips bird into scalding water to loosen feathers. Holds bird against projecting rubber fingers of rotating drum to remove feathers. Cuts bird open, removes viscera, and washes bird and giblets. May pluck chickens by hand. May be designated according to type of fowl dressed as Chicken Dresser; Turkey Dresser. May be known according to specific duties performed as Poultry Picker; Poultry Scalder.


Should I be a Poultry Dresser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Caul Dresser, Chicken Dresser, Draw Off Worker, Dress-Gang Worker, Fish Dresser, Meat Dresser, Pelt Dropper See More

    How to become a Poultry Dresser

    Most Poultry Dressers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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