Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it's Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.
Easiest Vegetables to Grow
Gardening | Sustainable Living

Easiest Vegetables to Grow

When it comes to growing your own vegetables, practice makes perfect. The longer you do it, the easier it will be to cultivate and develop that “green thumb” you’ve always wanted. But if you’re just getting started, you don’t have time to waste sitting around and wondering why your plants won’t grow. Instead, you need…

Coccidiosis in Chickens
Chickens

Coccidiosis in Chickens

Worried about coccidiosis in chickens? You’re not alone. This disease is one that leaves most chicken keepers quaking in their boots. If your birds are affected with symptoms like bloody chicken droppings and are showing a failure to thrive, they might be affected by coccidiosis. Similar to other kinds of external parasites, like lice and…

Why is My Hen Crowing?
Chickens

Why is My Hen Crowing?

Why is my hen crowing? If this is a question you’ve asked yourself, then read on – you’re not alone! Most experienced chicken owners have had this experience – or at least one similar. You’re sitting in your living room, enjoying a cup of coffee while you listen to your hens cackle and chirp in…

How Cold is Too Cold for Chickens?
Chickens

How Cold is Too Cold for Chickens?

No matter how experienced you are in raising chickens, as the mercury begins to drop you might start second-guessing yourself and wondering, “how cold is too cold for chickens?” This is a concern raised by people who love raising chickens everywhere, but especially those who live in cold, unforgiving climates. Luckily, chickens are pretty hardy…

How to Fix a Broken Beak
Chickens

How to Fix a Broken Beak

A broken beak is a problem that no chicken owner wants to deal with – but unfortunately, knowing how to fix a broken beak is a skill that all chicken keepers should have in their back pockets. Chickens are similar to humans in that their beaks grow a lot like fingernails. These birds can “file…