About Pampered Chicken Mama
Pampered Chicken Mama produces a full line of herbal feeds, treats, and nesting box blends for pet chickens, ducks, and other poultry. Our products are 100% Non-GMO and USA sourced.
We developed our products to help backyard poultry owners raise healthy, happy flocks. Chickens love them!
Unlike other nesting herb producers, our facilities are fully licensed with UDSA so you know your flock is getting the best. We’re also members of the Veterans Farmer’s Coalition, and our products are 100% produced by veterans.
Our products have been shared in Buzzfeed, Chickens magazine, and Community Chickens.
Maat van Uitert, Founder
Maat van Uitert (pronounced May-aht van Eye-tert) is the founder of the home and garden website Pampered Chicken Mama, which reaches approximately 20 million readers every month. She’s the author of 2 best selling Amazon books, including Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock (found on Amazon) and Organic By Choice (also found on Amazon here), a public speaker, and social media activist. Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and featured in and interviewed by Glamour, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, and Women’s Health. Maat is a contributor to Community Chickens, Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Countryside magazines. Maat lives on a small farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband and two special needs children.
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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
You’re welcome Barb. I hope things work out for you. What steps have you taken to try to realize your dream?
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
Hi Louise, it’s hard to say without seeing a photo, but was the egg old or had a hen been sitting on it?
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!
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?
Hi there – you can read this article, and it should answer your questions! https://thefrugalchicken.com/keep-chickens-cool-in-hot-weather/
Hi Maat…………have a strange question. I lost my rooster about a month ago. Mr. Nubbins lost his feet from frost bite ………… he thought our gals: Big Momma, SassE, Little Girl and SweetP were his charge. Since his death their egg production has been down. I thought it strange. Can they possibly be they are missing him??
Hi Darlene, thanks for your message. It’s possible they miss him (or miss the protection/guidance). We had one hen that stopped laying completely when her flickmate died. Have you gotten them a new rooster?