Omlet Newsletter November 8th 2005
Everyone needs something to cheer them up at the beginning of winter, there’s no point denying it any longer, it’s cold! Help is at hand though in the form of the Omlet Bake Me Happy Competition! We can all think of a time when a slice of chocolate cake (or two) has helped mend a broken heart or a thick piece of lemon drizzle cake has miraculously cleared a blocked nose. So let’s get out the scales, crack open some eggs and get baking to beat the wintery blues!
Basically the 2005 Bake Me Happy Competition will run until midnight on November the 27th. You can enter either by sending a photo of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want a chance of winning you could send an edible entry to-
Bake Me Happy
Cup cakes, biscuits and every other type of patisserie and confectionary are allowed – if in any doubt send it in and we will decide.
First prize will be a stunning new Omlet Apron and there will also be 5 runners up who will get a surprise prize. Plus of course fame and adulation from everyone at Omlet and everyone who reads the Newsletter (over 11,000 people!)
Good Luck and enjoy this weeks Newsletter.
The Omlet Team
p.s Are we getting old or are the egluowners of the week getting younger and far to much pocket money!?
Even the greatest cake starts with a simple egg
Penny holding a tray of buns,
Wearing the fabulous apron which you can win.
Barbara’s Weekly Diary!
You can keep chickens outside all year round in this country. They are remarkably hardy creatures and don’t forget, they are wearing a big feathery coat. You can bet your boots too that although the eglu is also very well insulated, if you peep in through the eggport at night when they’ve gone to roost, they will all be cuddled up together at the back and that must be very warm indeed!
The first time your hens see snow they can be somewhat hesitant to step onto it, often causing a hilarious scene as the hen at the front of the morning rush puts the brakes on and the others pile into her behind! Once they have ventured out they will carry on as usual, pottering around feeding and drinking.
Some people like to give their hens a warming feed in the mornings. Porridge is popular as are cooked and mashed up potato peelings mixed with their pellets or mash. Mine love some wholemeal bread served with warm milk or water and a drizzle of honey on top. Wheat is a good scratch feed to give on winter afternoons as it releases energy slowly which will keep them warm overnight. It is far more effective for keeping the hens bodies warm than corn which tends to put weight on!
You might also need to keep an eye on their water in case it freezes overnight. It’s a good idea to bring the feeders inside overnight when temperatures dip because it makes filling them up in the morning so much easier.
The only other thing to look out for is that hens combs can get frostbitten in cold weather but you can prevent this from happening simply by rubbing some Vaseline into the comb. It’s a painful condition and causes the comb to go black where it has been frozen and this bit will eventually die off so a little preventative care can save your hen some discomfort. They do seem to like having their combs rubbed too so it’s an excellent excuse for a cuddle and a bit of bonding!!
Chloe’s First Egg – freshly laid
+ out of the nest box and into the pan
= 0.00006271 food miles!
( I usually just garnish my egg
with salt and pepper – ED )
You can see more photos in the gallery
What’s on the forum?
Poor Baggins posted on the forum that we got our delightful Pepper (Pepperpot – approx 20 weeks old) and Rust (Gingernut – approx 18 weeks old) 3 weeks ago. Although we (and our dog) love them dearly, they are so unfriendly. We handle them (by picking them out of their “bedroom”) every morning, and talk to them regularly but they are not becoming any easier to “tame”. I appreciate that they’ll never be cuddly but would at least like them to not be quite so afraid and “skittish”. Any ideas – should we handle them more, is it too late and will they always be like this? The other thing is that they won’t eat anything other than their chicken food – we have tried all kinds of fruit and vegetable scraps and they look at us as though we’re mad! Please help – I’d love for them not to treat us as though we’re diseased!
As usual, forum members rushed to the rescue and posted advice:
Don’t worry! Perseverance is the name of the game! Mine wouldn’t touch treats to start off with. They turned their beaks up at EVERYTHING – even sweetcorn and grapes! BUT, they soon realised that these things tasted nice – delicious even – and from that moment, they were putty in our hands! Mine go absolutely nuts for dried mealworms at the moment and come running for them! Just keep on trying them with things and they’ll get friendlier and friendlier when they realise that you are the bearer of all things scrummy! – Kate
I totally agree with Kate. You just need to keep doing what you’re already doing. Our two were very timid for at least three or four weeks, probably more, and it’s only recently (within the last couple of weeks in fact), that they’ve started running up to us when we go out in the garden. Ours love tined sweetcorn and cooked spaghetti – in fact they go absolutely made for the spaghetti (it’s very funny to watch). Once they are settled, they’ll come to love you as much as you love them. – Andrew (atsw)
Try only introducing a couple of types of treat to start with – sweetcorn is an easy one to start with – and only give them in the afternoon. It’s good that they’re eating all their pellets ‘cos it means they’re getting all the goodness they need. Be patient – they will need a little time to settle in and every hen is different so don’t be concerned if other people’s experiences are different to yours. – Red
Before you know it they won’t eat anything but treats!!!! – Rachel 19
Hello Baggins – I have only just picked up my chickens for the first time TODAY! It took them that long to get used to me. In the end it was easy. They just dangled there happily, though their little legs were going like the baddie’s legs in thin air just before he plummets into the canyon. They aren’t too keen on treats either but they’ll take a grape if I cut it up nicely for them. – Penny
They are probably still a bit unsettled – new home, fireworks etc. Plus they are still juveniles – they settle down a lot when they start laying. – Clare Taylor
Ours took a while to tame down, but our black rock who is over 1/2 a year is still getting friendlier. Plus ours didn’t like scraps until they discovered the compost heap one day… – noeglu
We found ours were more docile in the evenings for cuddles. They are still a bit stand-offish at times but are happy to potter around the garden with us. Treats- fruit and healthy stuff got a definite thumbs down (or the chicken equivalent), but mashed potato, rice and particularly spaghetti are gone before they hit the ground! They seem to love their carbs! – Nick & Trish
See Baggins – they’ll soon come to love you (or your sweetcorn) Like Kate says, patience is a virtue (but really difficult to practice when you are waiting for your first egg!!) – Mel & Paul
It’s been two weeks and mine are still quite timid. At lunch time today, I spent half an hour sat at the end of the run with sweetcorn in my hand. The Bovans Nera pecked at it first, followed by the Ranger and then, eventually, after a full 30 minutes, the Whitestar. They are interested in sweetcorn but aren’t really mad for it. The one thing they really love is a handful of dried, mixed, corn. – Graham (grd)
My Pepperpot and Speckledy are still not really happy about being handled and run at the first inkling that I may try to pick them up. The new Gingernut that came on Saturday is completely different. She’s happy to by picked up and cuddles and runs to me if she wants picking up. My Speckledy is having real problems accepting Innara. Diana seems quite bullish and runs towards Innara, who promptly runs into my arms – ahhh!! Still persevering but to avail. – Fleata
Egluowners of the Week
Occupation: Ballet dancer
Where do you live? Droitwich spa
What pets do you have? 2 chucks,one hamster called elvis.
If you were stranded on a desert island what luxury item would you have? My daddy
How many chickens do you have? 2
What breeds are they? Both rh reds
How old are they? 9 months
What are your chickens called? Florie and Dora
How many eggs do you get a week and what is your favourite way of cooking them? Usually 14.i have one boiled with toast before school.
Do your chickens have a party trick? Yes,they chase my baby brother Cameron around the garden.
Where do you live? London
What pets do you have? A Dwarf lop rabbit called princess nina.
If you were stranded on a desert island what luxury item would you have? TV
How old are they? 10 weeks
What are your rabbit favourite food? The leaves that blow into her run!!
Doormat – Beware of the chickens
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Mystic Peg is out staring into her crystal egg looking for next months predictions….
Have an eggcellent day,
The Omlet team!