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Omlet Newsletter June 24th 2005

Hello!

Next week on GMTV you can see the latest must have eggcessory for your garden.  James delivered a brand new green eglu and two starstruck Gingernut Rangers to Eric Knowles from the Antiques Roadshow.  For the last few weeks Eric (a chicken novice) has been looking after his girls and keeping a diary which you can see on ITV next Tuesday.  If you are trying to work out which one is James, he’s the one on the left!

In other showbiz news.  Omlet attempted to sponsor Britains great tennis hope, Tim “the tiger” Henman at Wimbledon this year but he was too expensive.  After this years performance he might be within budget!

More of James’ bad jokes to cheer you up…

Q: How do ghost’s like their eggs?
A: Terrorfried!

(Do you know any good jokes? Please, please send them to james@omlet.co.uk)

Barbara’s Weekly Diary!

Lots of egg = lots of fun…
Did you know that it takes around 25 hours for an egg to be made! Amazing, isn’t it. They look so simple from the outside but they are actually made up of 5 parts – the germinal disc or blastodisc which is inside the yolk, the yolk, the albumen or white, the shell membrane or skin and the shell. They provide us with protein, iron, phosphorus, iodine and contain vitamins A,B, D and E but no vitamin C. Free range eggs with their wonderful golden yellow yolks also give us more vitamin B12 and folic acid than battery eggs. The shell is actually covered with tiny holes so it can easily absorb strong smells.

I came across a recipe the other day which used up a glut of eggs which had been accumulating in my kitchen. Believe me, it is absolutely delicious for a special occasion!

Homemade Lemon Curd
4 lemons
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
200g butter
300g caster sugar

Zest and juice the lemons. Beat the eggs, yolks and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Add the butter, lemon juice and zest and heat gently in a pan, stirring all the time, until thickened then pour into clean warm jars and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. If the mixture curdles in the pan during heating, plunge it into a sink full of icy water and beat like mad!!

Barbara
(next week: A great recipe with lots of lemon curd!)

This Weeks Star Photo

Although afraid of flying Matilda’s
falcon training was coming on well.

Send your photos to info@omlet.co.uk

What’s on the forum?

Is she broody or ready to lay? – Gina
“One of our girls has started to lay over the last 2 days, but we don’t know which one. I’ve been spying on them all morning, and all I can see is Louise being very stubborn sitting on the nest and refusing to move. Thelma is in the Eglu with her stomping up and down. Is this normal when they lay an egg……..or is Louise broody?

“They do some very strange things when they are about to lay, Bunty runs round the garden shouting to everybody then lays an egg.” – Nicola

“When mine 1st started to lay, Henno was in and out in and out in and out and hey presto an egg had arrived. It’s just fab, isn’t it?” – Laura

“Jenny became very vocal – announcing to the world that an egg was on the way so expect them to be a little odd for the first week or so until they get used to this strange new sensation!! Izzy still sits for a while on her egg but she’s not broody – just rather proud!!” – Kate

“Yes, we had the in & out, not sure what to do, then about an hour sitting. It must be a strange sensation for them to begin with, it soon settles down. Chuckles used to keep checking up on Penny when she’d gone into the Eglu, holding her handbag outside the door, I think.” – Sheila

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Have an eggcellent day,

Johannes and the Omlet team!

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Omlet Newsletter June 16th 2005

Hello!

The big event last weekend was the Grand Designs exhibition in London.  Omlet took a selection of eglus down for the three days of the show but James and Will weren’t quite prepared for the level of interest as thousands of people descended onto the stand opening eggports, pulling out dropping trays and trying to decide whether to have a pink or green eglu!  Reinforcements were called for the weekend and by Sunday evening most of Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex had seen an eglu and were just going back to measure up that space next to the greenhouse to check that it would fit!

Thanks to everyone who came, it’s always great to meet people who care about their animals, we will keep you updated of the other shows we are going to throughout the year.

The Omlet Stand at Grand Designs

More of James’ bad jokes to cheer you up…
Q:
How does an egg get to work?
A: It drives a yolkswagen!

Sent in by Rachel

(Do you know any good jokes? Please, please send them to james@omlet.co.uk)

Barbara’s Weekly Diary!

Layers Pellets for Starters, bread and sweetcorn to follow and for desert…

When you think about it, there is a wide range of treats that you can give your lucky hens in the afternoons. Grapes and sweetcorn seem to be universally popular with my girls while lettuce is also gobbled down enthusiastically. Bread soaked in milk or water is considered very appetising with a little drizzle of honey on top (blimey Barbara what lucky chickens! – Ed) while sunflower hearts and pumpkin seeds are also very popular, especially if they are sprinkled on the grass which makes them harder to find and all the more tasty for the effort! For the non-squeamish, maggots bought from a fishing tackle supplier are a real treat. They are also good for making sure that they don’t get crop problems thanks to all that wriggling! My chickens will keep the garden weeds down for me by tucking into dandelions as well as the slugs they find on their expeditions through the flower beds. There are certain things that should never be fed to chickens though – meat, citrus peel, banana skins, uncooked potato peelings, chocolate, fish bones and salted foods. Things like bread, pasta and potato should really be fed in moderation because tubby chickens don’t lay as well!

Barbara at Omlet

This Weeks Star Photo

The Flower Power Eglu

No prizes for guessing which decade
the artist Jane grew up in!  It’s a groovy look for the eglu – has it inspired you to customise yours?

Send your photos to info@omlet.co.uk

 

Whats on the forum?

The forum has been busy celebrating the first anniversaries of eglus and chickens arriving in gardens all over the country! Leanne and Andy were the first forum members to receive their eglu so they put pen to paper and wrote a poem to commemorate the great event.

Ode to Omlet

The eighth of June, two thousand and four
A van pulled up at our front door
“The Omlet van, its here, its here!”
Now we can’t believe its been a whole year!

Two little hens peeped out at us
As we waited, excited and nervous
As Johannes got the eglu ready
We cannot claim our nerves were steady!

A little brown chicken, and a shiny black hen
Were ushered into their eglu pen
After three days in the run we let them run out
And smiled as they happily scratched all about!

Many happy days have passed since then
Out in the garden, not confined to a pen
We learned how to care for our dear little chooks
Hands-on experience you don’t find in books!

And as for the eggs they are simply the best
Once you’ve tasted home-laid, you forget all the rest
The ultimate fast-food yet wholesome and pure
Eat one of our eggs and you’ll come back for more!

Our little hens really opened our eyes
To healthier food and much ‘greener’ lives
All hens deserve care- no battery cage here
Just freedom and love, with no pain or fear

For Betty and Ruby the future is bright
Sun-shiny days and fox-safe at night
Two happy hens, spared a dire prison cage
Who’ll live happy lives until their natural old age!

by Leanne and Andy

“Get your bubbly or other celebratory drink ready because it is now a year since eglus started taking over UK gardens (and French and German). (Well strictly speaking it is a year and a day, having had a lovely email from Omlet HQ, but they forgot to celebrate on the 7th – too busy masterminding Eglus taking over the world – so I think the 8th is about to become official Eglu day) ” – Motherhen

“Well, it’s exactly a year ago today that Jenny and Clarry joined the family and what a fantastic year of ups and downs! We’ve had so much pleasure from the girls and their antics (and gorgeous eggs!) and have learned so much.” – Kate

“What is new for me is having hens as pets. With only 2 of them living a few feet from our backdoor and glass walled kitchen they couldn’t be anything but. If it weren’t for the eglu I couldn’t have my girls. Even with a small wooden henhouse, you need lots of room for the annual dismantle and clean and creosote. I love my washable eglu.” – Jane

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Have an eggcellent day,

Johannes and the Omlet team!

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Omlet Newsletter June 8th 2005

Welcome!

If you had been wondering whether the Omlet newsletter was a figment of your imagination, produced bi-annually or rarer than a full set of hens teeth you’re in for a nice surprise!  From now on you can look forward to a whole host of goodies.  Every week, Barbara our chicken expert will be handing out topical tips and advice, you can catch the lastest forum gossip and of course all the Omlet news and special offers. We hope you enjoy it.

A bad joke to cheer you up
Q: What do you call a mischievious egg?
A:  A practical yolker!

Barbara’s Weekly Diary!

The Summers Coming
It didn’t last long but the spell of hot weather certainly had an effect on my chickens the other week. While it was lovely for dustbathing, the girls found they were beginning to overheat during the afternoon and stood around panting and lifting their wings to cool themselves down. When the days are hot, it is vitally important to make sure that they have plenty of fresh water to drink because they can dehydrate rapidly and to provide somewhere shady for them to rest when things get too hot. It’s a good idea to keep the water in the shade so that it doesn’t warm up too much as well – chickens don’t like drinking warm water!

Barbara at Omlet

This Weeks Star Photo

Chickens looking in!

Finding the right work / chicken balance is always hard!
Send your photos to info@omlet.co.uk

 

Whats on the forum?

Question:
A visiting guest to the forum asked about adding Omega 3 to the chickens’ diet…..

“A recent article on radio 4 had an interview with someone who fed her chickens sunflower seed hearts, to add omega 3 to their eggs. Does anyone else do this? and if so, are these something special and where might I get some.”

Answers:

“I give mine sunflower seeds and you can buy big bags from any health food store. Holland and Barrets, GNC etc. You can also buy mixed bags of sunflowers, pumpkins seeds and linseeds. At the moment, I’m just putting some in a plastic bowl for them to peck at. I think some people mix them in with oats and bio yogurt, or just water as a treat in the afternoon.” –  Gina

“I started giving linseeds a few weeks ago when I’d read on this forum about the omega 3 benefits.  I had no idea what they looked like before even, they’re small like sesame seeds. I only sprinkle a few in, just either with their feed or treats, or handfeed just a small amount, and they eat them readily. I give whole sunflower seeds which they love.” –  Sheila

“Throwing linseeds into the run could keep ours quiet for hours.” –  Lesley

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Have an eggcellent day,

Johannes and the Omlet team!

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