Do you raise backyard chickens because you need to know your breakfast comes from happy hens?


Or maybe you think:

“I really need my own egg and meat source!”

because you want freedom from the garbage on the grocery aisle.


Or are chickens your entertainment?
If any of this sounds like you, then Welcome Home.


I’m Maat, and I’m a homesteading and chicken expert.


I help people who are happy with their lives except one thing—they want freedom from a food system that no longer serves them.


I’ve contributed to magazines such as Countryside and Backyard Poultry, and been featured in Chickens magazine, The Heritage Breeds podcast, and Mountain Woman Radio.


Like you, I’m tired of overly-processed food made with who-knows-what ingredients manufactured by companies that are only in it for profit—at the expense of our health and the health of our children. 


I bet you want to take control of your health, and I know that feeling. And I’m sure you realize it starts with what you eat.


Your path to freedom is clear, and it begins with raising your own food.


I know, because once upon a time, I began my own path to discover independence too.


Welcome to FrugalChicken, where you’ll start taking your first steps towards a more satisfying life—and the gateway to that freedom is with growing your own meat, eggs, vegetables, grains, and fruits.


Every day, I show regular people like you how raise chickens, make homemade food from homegrown vegetables, and point you towards resources that you’ll use to take control of your health.


I’m still trying to make that perfect loaf of bread, but I’m no longer dependent on someone else—or some faceless manufacturer—to tell me what my body needs.


This path is a journey. One that develops over time. But the most important step you’ll take is the first one. 


Freedom is ripe for the picking. Will you join me?


If this sounds like you, be sure to grab a copy of my free report, The Better Egg. You’ll discover the ONE thing you should always feed your hens for the most nutritious eggs possible—and why it really matters.


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  • I was so excited to see your web site; my husband is a pastor and we both love being outdoors. If you know anything about ministry; you know we don’t make a lo of money. We aren’t in for the money, but to serve the people, the church and the community we live in. We hope day to have a treehouse and land, that’s our dream. Maybe with your web site that dream will be realized. Thank you. Barb Brown

  • I had an egg with a dark blob in the egg….the feed we get has medicine in…..I thought it might be an infection….we are first time farmers and started to bump up nutrition…could you give some direction….Louise

  • Hello!
    The blog is so full of great information!
    I can’t seem to find the area to subscribe (via email) to your great page.
    Help & thanks!

    • Hi Jean, glad you like it! You can click the link to the right (the image with the video offers) and you’ll be signed up to get the free videos as well as to my newsletter.

  • I’m curious why you recommend raising quail. What markets are available? We live in east TX, 50 miles west of Shreveport LA near I-20. Currently we sell free range chicken and duck eggs. We cut feathers on one wing of our birds so they can’t fly. Will this work on quail? Will they free range? I agree any business should have more than one “product” to market. We have plenty of acres, so I’m WIDE OPEN to suggestions. Thank you, Dr. Joe.

    • Hi, my top reason for recommending quail is because they’re easy to care for and can be kept in small spaces. As far as market goes, it depends on the area. People like quail where we live, and pound for pound, you can get more for them than a chicken. For example, the amount that a quail eats is much less than a chicken, but I can still get $5-$6 for a quail, while I can only get about the same amount for a pasture-raised meat rooster. You can’t free range quail, they don’t come home and roost like chickens, at least ours don’t. They need to be cooped all the time, but only require 1 square foot of space while chickens that free range need 4+ square feet in a coop. I’ve not personally clipped the wings on quail, so I can’t give advice on it. You can sell quail eggs for more than chicken eggs. I don’t sell eggs, bur I’ve seen them in stores for over $6 a dozen, and they’re not non-GMO organic eggs. I hope this helps!

  • Read your article on the Countryside Network on goat milk soap: you recommended using goat milk soap base. Had a thought: what about the can goat milk at grocery stores? Just wondering. And thanks for the article and recipes!

    • Hi Liz! I haven’t tried the canned goat milk at the store for soap making, so I’m not sure it would work. If you try it, definitely let me know how it goes!

  • Maat, I have fully embraced fermenting my chicken feed. My girls absolutely love it. Here is my issue. The fermenting process creates quite a unique smell. I am not bothered by it, but my family doesn’t embrace it. Here is my question. As the colder weather nears here in Minneapolis the garage will become too cold to ferment in. Is there anyway I can better control the smell? Would love to keep this going all winter long from indoors. Look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!

    • Hi, how long are you fermenting for?

    • Maat, thank you for the response. I am using the ‘mother’ over and over again with my fresh feed. I ferment on a 3 to 4 day rotation. Was lead to believe that reusing the ‘mother’ would increase the fermenting power and nutritional content. What you think?

      • It can, but honestly, I start mine over from scratch every time because it’s harder to keep chicken feed below the water line, so I tend to be very cautious about it. I only ferment chicken feed for 24-48 hours for the same reason. It should smell funky or pungent.

  • Thank you Maat for your intel. So, to keep the smell down during the colder months simply start from scratch each time and clean out the mason jars thoroughly. Got it. Will fins it strange to get rid of the ‘mother’ that has served so well 😉 So appreciate your feedback!

  • Billie Jean Gandy

    I am getting chickens for the very first time. We have just started building the coop and area to keep them. My question is (I’m sure I’ll have many more), I live outside of Dallas where temps get to 100 several days at a time. Is there any thing extra I need to do to protect the chickens from the heat?

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