We spent some time with mom, wife, wedding venue owner and poultry grower—Tiffany Hodges—in Guntersville, Alabama to hear about everything from family life on the farm to being a woman in the poultry industry.
Juggling so many roles and responsibilities at once may seem like a lot, but Tiffany handles it with ease. "With anything, you truly have to enjoy what you do," she explained. Growing up in the city, she didn't have any farm experience before meeting her husband, Aubrey. But before she knew it, she found herself working in Aubrey's dad's chicken houses. "Shortly after that, we got engaged because I stuck around through all the chickens," she jokingly told us.
On their Guntersville farm, Tiffany, Aubrey and their two sons live out the definition of "farm life." Poultry growing, row crop farming—it's a family operation, and that's one of the things they love about it.
As a woman in a male-dominated field, Tiffany advises other women in her position to "stand strong in what you believe in."
What great advice for not only women in the poultry industry, but for all of us to live out each and every day!
00:14 Tell us about being a mom, a wife and a chicken farmer.
01:25 What has been the hardest part of being a woman in the poultry industry?
02:24 What is life like on the farm?
03:32 What types of equipment do you drive?
About the Author
This blog was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business. Learn more about Allen here.