Mother Hen 4+

Weston Bustraan

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 38 Ratings
    • $2.99



One day, I did the unthinkable; I updated my wife's phone and her favorite egg tracking app stopped working. Worse, it looked like the developer wasn't planning on updating it. So, what else could I do but build her a replacement.

Along the way, we added some features that we think that people raising chickens (and other poultry) might find useful.

There are three parts to the app:

The "Harvest" tab is designed to be used on a daily basis when you go out and find the latest batch of eggs waiting for you to collect. Sometimes environmental factors such as light or stress can affect egg production. By tracking the egg counts, you can watch for these trends.

The "Flock" tab is for keeping tabs on the members of your flock. If you're like us, sometimes it's hard to keep track of who's who in the coop, so adding a picture and a name goes a long way. For the breeders out there, we added a family tree graph. We haven't done this ourselves yet, so any feedback is welcome.

The "Finances" tab gives you the ability to see (if you want to) just how much your feathered friends are costing you in feed and other expenses. Or, if you sell your eggs or meat, how much money they are making you.

What’s New

Version 1.1.1

- Swipe left/right to switch between bulk and per bird collection modes
- Added band color for birds
- Added egg count for birds
- Flock can now be sorted by: name, breed, egg count, or hatch date
- Harvest date will now only reset to current when you've been away for more than 10 minutes
- Added additional date ranges to finance statistics
- Harvest graph can now be grouped by bird type and egg color
- Purchased and Sold events now appear in both the Journal and the bird's history
- Added custom life events
- A long press on a bird picture will let it be set as the primary picture and thumbnail

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

BE118 ,

Worth the cost!

With a flock of 80+ chickens for egg and chick sales this app is pretty much perfect!! I researched all the other free ones and this one is hands down the easiest to use without a bunch of fuss.

My only wish is that I could delete pics! Or even just rearrange them?? When playing around with the app I added a “baby” pic of a rooster then took a new one recently of him grown but the original pic that shows in the flock list is of him as the baby and while silly, it drives me NUTS because he looks like any other chick. I’ve got my 2021 chicks hatching that I REALLY want to upload pictures of to the app so I can tell them apart, especially my show breeds that come in various colors, but I don’t want that to be the only pic that will pop up on flock list is a bunch of chick pics that look the same. Yes I should know them by name... but with 100+ now with the new chicks I’m not that creative to name them all 😂

Developer Response ,

Glad to hear you like it so well!

I have a fun tip for you: If you press and hold on a picture, you can then choose to delete it or make it the main picture. Now you can update your pictures whenever you’d like.

MissiThig ,

Love this app!

Love so many things about this app! We have a small-ish flock of about 35 chickens, with about 14 of them laying so far. I’m able to recognize which hen laid by their eggs thus far, so I like being able to log eggs by hen. This app allows for that. I love being able to log an egg by egg color if I’m unsure which hen laid it. I love that I’m able to add breeds that aren’t listed very easily. However, it’s especially convenient that you have preloaded breed specific information on the breeds preloaded. Being able to log expenses is really beneficial. There are a couple things that I found that I wish were a bit different. I haven’t found a way to see a calendar with daily and weekly egg totals. I’ve only been using the app a couple days so it may be there? Also, I would love to be able to see my bird’s age somewhere. I can enter the hatch date and of course I could go back and add the weeks or months, but with my flock being less than a year old it would be nice if the age showed somewhere. Take my brahmas for instance. I know they hatched in September of 2020. I’d like to be able to click on that bird and see they are 4 months and 3 weeks old, or 20 weeks old, etc. not a big issue, just something I’ve wished my tracking apps had available. Overall this is a superb app!

iNiffy ,

Almost Everything I Need

I love all the features of this. It’s almost everything I’m looking for and it’s completely usable as is. I only have two suggestions:

Other Breeds: I can leave the breed blank and put the type in the notes but it would be nice to have a way to manually add a breed that is not in the list. Examples: Icelandic, Hedemora, Swedish Flower Hen, Favacauna.

Color sub-type: again I can put this in the notes but after selecting breed it would be nice to have another field for color or type variant. Example: Mayans; Black Copper, Cuckoo or Wyandotte; Gold laced, red laced. Again with a manually update-able other if this field I’d driven by selectable lists.

Developer Response ,

Hello, it is possible to add any breeds that you would like, by using the “+” button on the breed list. With regards to breed colors, I would like to know more how you want to use that information, to determine the best way to add it. Do you want to keep them separate in other parts of the app, for example? It is possible to make “Gold Laced Wyandotte” breed and a separate “Silver Laced Wyandotte” breed, but they would appear in different places in the flock list when sorting by breed. Please email me at and we can discuss your ideas further.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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