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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 17th December 2010

Your names and ages:
Ste Haggan (27) & Stu Peers (28)

Where do you live?
Manchester City Centre

What pets do you have?
10 hens, 2 old horsefield tortoises (Oscar & Olivia) and an 11 month old Weimaraner (Jasper).

Your occupation:
I have just qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Stu is an Operations Manager for Asda Living.

How will you be spending this Christmas?
This Christmas we will be spending Christmas day having a huge Traditional Turkey dinner with our family and then celebrating again on boxing day with a nice pork roast with our family visiting from Spain. This will be the first time grandpa will be seeing his new grandchildren 😀 and what a variety they are.

What’s on the top of your Christmas list?
Wicked the musical tickets for next march showing in Brisbane, Australia. We are going to Oz in March and have seen Wicked in London and can’t wait to see it in Brisbane. I would definitely recommend the work of Gregory Maguire… he will turn your childhood fairy tales up side down!

What Christmas song do you most like dancing too?
Well i’m going to say “Once upon a Christmas Song” by Geraldine McQueen – just because it’s very irritating haha ….. over and over and over and over and over again!

What’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner?
Pigs in blankets .. I dread to think how many I could get through but they are so scrummy.

What are your chickens called?
Yolk (she is top of the pecking order), Nugget, Tikka, Dipper, Pop Corn, Kiev, Custard, Pancake, Scramble and Meringue.

What will they be eating on Christmas day?
As the girls love dried meal worms, for Christmas day we have ordered some live meal worms, these will be accompanied by warm mash, some corn and curly Kale.

Do your chickens have a party trick?
They are mini houdinis. We let them out of the WIR into the netted area and as they can see lots of goodies growing around them, they fit through the smallest of gaps to get out to it. When one sees, they are all escape and run around ransacking everything.

Why did you choose the Eglu?
We wanted something that was a little bit different and liked the look of the orange eglu cube as it was bright and modern. Our chickens are on our allotment and we liked the eglu as it would brighten up the place rather than the traditional brown or green coloured wooden coops. After we bought the orange cube and multi colour shades, we got into a little trouble as the allotment rules say coops should be made of wood and a natural colour, after I argued that the eglu was more modern, had less risk of red mite etc and that their rules were out of date, the committee then changed the wording in the policy so now they are “allowed”. We have since bought a red classic as a summer house for the girls and our girls were named as “the luxury chickens” by others on the site 😀 .

What’s been the most surprising thing about keeping chickens?
Before we got the chickens, we didn’t really think that they would have individual personalities really or that they might actually be clever. After watching and interacting with them, it is amazing how clever they are and how different they are to each other. They each have their own character and they are so funny to watch.

Can you imagine life without chickens?
No not at all. It is amazing how much pleasure they bring. Having them on the allotment makes it so much more pleasurable to visit as it brightens it up when it’s drab and dreary. They get fed lots of fresh goodies by everyone there and we are rewarded with beautiful yellow yolks in our eggs. My family get involved with them and mother looks after all the animals when we go away – I think she secretly loves it because she takes visitors, even though she has a little moan. We bake a lot more now too.


Happy New Year! We know it’s a bit late but we needed a bit of a break after all the eggcitement of the 12 offers of Christmas. The good news is that those promotions were so popular we have decided to introduce a ‘Deal of the Week’ for the rest of 2011. You will be able to find out the details of these on our website and in your inboxes every week so keep an eye out – there will be some cracking offers!

Bee Shampoo

It’s great to hear your feedback on the Omlet Newsletter, and it’s nice to know that lots of you find it highly hentertaining…but last month one reader was particularly amused after reading it with her grandson:

“Hi Barbara and co. This might amuse you. I read through every newsletter with my young grandson, and December’s describes your bee-keeping DVD, closely followed by photo of the animals’ Health Pack. The last item is small animal shampoo. “Gran!” he exclaimed, wide-eyed, “Do you have to shampoo the bees then?””

Thank you Pauline – perhaps that’ll be a new product to look into!

Scrappage Scheme

We launched our amazing Wooden Pet House Trade-In scheme at the end of 2010 and we have already had a fantastic response. It seems that there are quite a number of people with ‘orrible wooden houses and many came out of the closet when we introduced our tempting offer. It’s not hard to see why – the Omlet Scrappage Scheme allows you to get £50 towards a shiny new Eglu or Beehaus in eggschange for any wooden pet house or hive . No matter what age or condition, we’ll take it off your hands!

We’ve put together a rogues gallery of some of the houses we’ve collected so far and you can click here to see it. And if after looking at the photos you decide that you, too, would like to get rid of your old wooden hen house or rabbit hutch and replace with a clean and colourful Eglu, you can click here for more details!

Harry Potter to Keep Bees?

Keeping bees is growing in popularity year on year with even celebrities getting involved. The likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Turnball and Ronnie Corbet have all beecome converts to the sweet life of apiary and it is rumoured that even Daniel Radcliffe has been toying with the idea…

Now that all of the Harry Potter movies have been filmed, Daniel thinks his character should be allowed some peace and quiet after a rather hectic life at Hogwarts. After all, a life of fighting Voldemort can really take it out of you! He had two ideas for Harry – to start bird watching (he is a big fan of owls) or to retire to start keeping bees.

Unfortunately Daniel himself isn’t planning on settling down just yet, he’s got a few more years of acting before he plans on getting a Beehaus!

If you fancy taking up beekeeping this year click here to read our guide!

How Eggstraordinary!

The best thing about keeping your own chickens is the eggs, and sometimes Eglu owners open the eggport to discover one or two that are out of the ordinary. When Julia visited her hens one morning recently she had a bit of a suprise, finding a tiny egg no bigger than a quail’s egg. It weighed just 4g – not quite big enough for her breakfast. Luckily this was a one-off and the hens went back to laying normally. That is until she found another shocker a few weeks later. This time it was a big egg she found, weighing in at 118g and measuring around 9cm in length.

According to the Egg Leaderboard on Omlet Forum neither of Julia’s eggs are record breakers – amazingly the largest egg so far was 170g. However, we wonder if she has set a new record for the biggest difference in eggs from one hen.
From the Omlet Team


Although today’s weather seems positively tropical compared to the last couple of weeks, the weatherman says it’s going to get truly chilly again next week. The odd’s of having a white Christmas are going up and the the 25th is looming ever closer, so this week’s newsletter is full of fun and festivities. So on with the snow…

Let it Snow

With November turning out to be the coldest on record for some parts of Britain, and December showing no signs of change there has been snow chaos everywhere. (Well, everywhere apart from Omlet HQ, it seems.) Although many people have suffered due to the eggstreme weather, stuck in cars, slipping on pavements and not being able to get to work or school, it’s great to see that chicken owners are still in good spirit, sending us photos of their Eglu – turned – Igloo. The cold weather can be a worry for chicken keepers, but hens that are treated to the luxury of an Eglu will be snug inside their home due to the modern twin-walled insulation. With the help of a Winter Shade they will be able to frolic in their run too, while keeping nice and dry. We offer Winter Shades for the Eglu Classic, Eglu Cube and Eglu Go. At £19.98 each they are great value and make a perfect early Christmas present for your chickens.

If your chickens are finding the cold weather a bit too much and they’re getting the sniffles our Winter Health Pack should do the trick. With chicken spice, poultry vinegar, comb and wattle protector and citricidal it will keep them in tip-top condition whatever the weather. And if you’re suffering with the cold why not treat yourself to one of our Chicken Poop Lip Balms!? They’ll keep your lips soft and protected through the harshest weather, and they are ideal for stocking fillers.

Capital Bee

Christmas isn’t all about the chickens, this month we are thinking about bees too. The buzzing insects are often forgotten over Winter because we don’t see them flying about, especially when it’s as cold as this, but just because they’re not making much of a public appearance it doesn’t mean they aren’t still important. Don’t beelive us? Remember this fact when you’re eating your Christmas dinner: one in every three mouthfuls of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination. So in order for us to continue to produce enough food we really do need the help of the humble bee, all year round.

That’s why we’re supporting Capital Bee, the campaign for community beekeeping in London. Capital Bee promotes community-run beekeeping and campaigns for a bee-friendly city. It is part of Capital Growth, a campaign for 2012 new food growing spaces in London by 2012. As part of this campaign we will bee at the London Bee Summit on Thursday 16th December, at the Southbank Centre. There will be organisations that work with bees talking about what’s happening to the honey bee and what Londoners can do to help. There will also be time to debate, the chance to sample some local honey and display of beekeeping equipment, including the Beehaus. So if you are a beekeeper or you are thinking about keeping bees yourself or through an organisation, why not join in? Visit the website to book your place now!

Winner of Restaurant Competition

You may remember our Spot the Difference competition a while ago, with the fantastic prize of a meal for two at one of England’s finest restaurants. Well, the lucky winner of that prize was Sue Goddard, who was thrilled to hear she had won. She shared the prize with her husband and they chose to eat at L’ortolan restaurant in Reading. They were treated to smoked haddock with curried cauliflower and crispy hen’s egg, followed by slow cooked shoulder of pork with crushed celeriac, finished with majari chocolate tart with blackberries – all washed down with some champagne. Sue and Grant had a wonderful time and they have vowed to enter more competitions from now on.

Christmas Crossword

Speaking of competitions, it’s time for another so if you fancy your chances of winning a great prize, like Sue, read on. Our Christmas Crossword has beecome a bit of a tradition over the last few years and we think it’s perfect to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Plus, you could win a very tasty treat for your efforts. Just use the clues to fill in the crossword and then use the highlighted letters to find our secret Christmas message. Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win. All the correct entries will go into Santa’s sack and the Omlet elves will pull out eight names. Five will win a mini luxury Christmas Pud and three will win a full sized version. These delicious delights are handmade locally and taste tonnes better than supermarket puds…perfect if you just haven’t had the time or energy to make one yourself! Please get your entries in by Thursday 16th December so our elves have
plenty of time to pack up the puds and send them to you before Christmas.

Across
1) Wrapped up with string (6)
5) For the top of the tree (5)
8) Hung up in the hope of gifts (8)
9) Goes well with a mince pie (6)
10) For naughty children (4)
11) We’ve seen a lot of it lately (4)

Down
2) Yuletide drink for hen keepers (6)
3) On every hen’s wish list (4,2)
4) Traditional roast (6)
6) Love it or hate it, it’s part of Christmas (6)
7) Might just get you a kiss (9)
8) Everone’s least favourite Christmas food (7)

From the Omlet Team


Egg Fan Gift Sets

Looking for a unique Christmas present for someone that loves their eggs? We have just the thing!

Instead of browsing through our website for a suitable selection of eggstraordinary gifts why not opt for one of our pre-selected packs that are perfect for egg fans everywhere. Each pack contains either the boiled, scrambled, fried or freshly laid t-shirt, along with two other matching goodies, so whichever is their breakfast of choice, they’ll be sure to love it. Buying these packs will save you money too – at only £20 they’re eggcellent value!

So discover what’s in these eggciting packs and you might even be tempted to treat yourself while you’re at it.

Always Freshly Laid – Men

Boiled Egg – Women

Fried Egg – Men

Scrambled Egg – Women

And don’t forget about the great offers we have on at the moment: trade in your old chicken house and we’ll give you £50 to use towards a shiny, new Eglu. And, spend over £50 and you will qualify for free delivery if you enter this code: NEWSDELIVERY.

Competition Time

In this week’s competition you can win the Egg Fan Gift Set of your choice and if you are an egg aficionado you should find it over-easy! All you need to do is send us a photo of you with your favourite egg dish. It’s as easy as that! Whether you like your eggs nice and simple or you have an eggstra special dinner that you like to rustle up, we want to see it! Next time you sit down for your big breakfast just take a pic and send it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. The hungrier it makes us the better.

We have three Egg Fan Sets to give away so it’s well worth entering, and you have until Friday 3rd December to do so. Good luck!

Big Hen Wing Ding

Trying to find a Christmas present with a difference? Why not treat someone to a hentastic day out? Paul Peacock, author of numerous books and host of many brilliant beekeeping and chicken keeping courses is running an eggstra special course called the Big Hen Wing Ding, in January. It will be his first ever poultry seminar, packed full of information, workshops and fun for chicken keepers. Unlike the usual course this one will include lectures and some guest speakers, including Omlet, who will be talking about the wonderful Eglu.

Seminars and workshops will vary from beginner to more advanced topics, so if you are looking to keep hens for the first time, or you want to learn a new skill, such as incubation, this whole day event will be ideal.

The Big Hen Wing Ding will be on Saturday 29th January, starting at 10am. The usual ticket price is £25, to include lunch and a donation to BHWT, but if you book now you will get £5 off. So whether you want to book yourself a new year treat or you want to surprise a chicken keeper this Christmas, click here to book now!

From the Omlet Team


Wooden Scrappage Scheme

Have you always wished you owned an Eglu? Do your chickens or rabbits dream of staying in such stylish accommodation? Do you wish you didn’t have to spend so long cleaning out your old wooden hutch every week? Well call us your Fairy Godmother because your wish is our command! Not only will we take the crumbling, rotting wooden house off your hands, but we will give you £50 towards the cost of a brand new, sparkling Eglu.

There’s no catch here, we would just prefer to see gardens everywhere glowing with brilliant, bright Eglus. Chickens and rabbits everywhere will be warm and cosy, clean and care-free and safe from foxes, and owners will be a happier bunch knowing they can clean the Eglu in minutes.

You can trade in any wooden pet house, no matter what the age, make or condition. So click here now or phone 0845 450 2056 to be one step closer to owning your dream chicken house! Or if you’ve noticed an unsightly looking wreck in someone else’s garden why not let them know about the offer? They might just thank you for it!

The Ultimate Chicken Health Pack

Thinking of keeping chickens but completely confused about health products? Instead of trawling through our product range why not opt for our Ultimate Chicken Health Pack? It contains 13 of our most popular products that will keep your chickens happy and healthy, and your Eglu hygenic. At less than £60 it is a bit of a bargain too, saving you 10% on the price of buying the items seperately, and don’t forget that on orders over £50 you will qualify for free delivery too! Just use this code: NEWSDELIVERY at the checkout.

This pack includes Mixed Chicken Grit 1.25kg, Verm-X for Chickens, Diatomaceous Earth – 100g , Chicken Spice – 450g, Citricidal 45ml, Red Mite Powder – 500g, Chicken Tonic – 500ml, Clean-n-Safe Pet Disinfectant, Garlic Powder, Johnsons Anti Pek Spray, Poultry Cider Vinegar – 1L, Johnsons Scaly Leg Lotion, Veterinary Wound Powder 20g.

Christmas Shopping

There are only five weeks til christmas and the shopping rush has well and truly begun! But if you can think of nothing worse than traipsing in and out of busy shops, fighting your way to the last must-have toy and queuing for an hour just to pay for the blinkin’ thing, then don’t panic, help is at hand. Visiting the Omlet online shop is a stress-free eggsperience that will have you giggling rather than gasping.

Our Christmas section is now open for custom and brimming with gifts, gadgets and goodies that will make you ooh and aah. With a selection of everything from toy tea sets to cappuccino candles to surprising nuts (surely that ones worth a click), you will find something for everyone. So why not put your feet up, make yourself a coffee and browse our christmas gifts at your leisure!

From the Omlet Team


Don’t let the wind and rain get you down this weekend because we’ve got some fantastic offers that will bring the sunshine straight to your door. Now, we can’t promise that our weekend specials will really make the sun come out but they will certainly help brighten your day. So why not treat yourself, and your chickens?

Run Extension Reductions!!!

With the days getting darker and the need to stay indoors and snuggle up on the sofa getting stronger, you’ll probably be shutting your hens in their Eglu earlier during the Winter. So why not treat them to an early Christmas present in the form an Eglu Run Extension. Your hens will have more room to frolic, whilst being safe from foxes and you won’t need to keep an eye on them. The great news is that we have reduced the price of all run extensions for one month.

Eglu Go Run Extension was £79, now £49!

Eglu Run Extension Kit A was £79, now £49!

Eglu Run Extension Kit B was £79, now £49!

Cube Run Extension – 1M was £100, now £89!

Remember, these offers will last one month only so why not beat the crowds and order now!?

Super Shades!!!

Good news for all Eglu Go owners out there – you can now buy a winter shade to keep your chickens warm and dry through the rain and snow. But we haven’t forgotton those of you that have an Eglu Classic – you might like to plan ahead and save with our pack of winter and summer shade and bungees. And Cube owners don’t despair because there are some great new offers for you too – buy a pack of two of three wind shades and save money. Perfect for giving you chickens the ultimate winter wonderland.

Buy Shade – Eglu Go – Winter for £19.98

Buy Shade – Classic – Summer Winter Saver Pack for £26.95

Buy Shade – Cube – Wind – Pack of 2 for £16.80

or Shade – Cube – Wind – Pack of 3 for £25.10

Free Delivery!!!

We’re also offering you the chance to save even more money by giving you free delivery on your order. Just spend over £50 and the jolly old postman will deliver your parcels free of charge. All you need to do is add your products to the basket, pop in the secret code below and bob’s your uncle!

NEWSDELIVERY

From the Omlet Team


Rememember remember the fifth of November! Yes, we know we are a day early but we thought we’d better send you this before you start your celebrations. So enjoy the newsletter and we hope your weekend goes with a BANG!

Competition Results

Did you have a spooktacular Halloween? By the number of entries we received to our pumpkin carving competition it looks like lots of you were enjoying the fun, frights and frolics of October 31st and your efforts were just as scaretastic as ever. The judging process was tricky and there were a few white faces by the time we’d reached our verdict, but we picked a worthy winner that’ll put hairs on your chest – 7yr old Daniel Brache, with his gorsome dragon design. We hope you enjoy your new found gory! (And your prizes.)

Pumpkin Pecking

And it’s not just people that can carve a decent pumpkin you know!? Rumour has it that there are one or two chickens out there that can do the job just as well. We spotted Kay’s photo of her chickens on the forum having a good old chomp at the Halloween veggie, and it goes to prove that pumpkin pecking really is the latest poultry past-time craze. Either that or they just like the taste of it. We much prefer the idea that these hens are learning skills in sculpting though, and that next year we will be receiving even more hentries to our Halloween competition.

Fireworks and Chickens

This weekend whether you’re planning on going to a local event, having a party or staying at home, you’re bound to hear the bangs and whistles of a few fireworks. Although bonfire night is a very eggciting time for many, it’s important to think of your pets, because chances are they will find it more frightening than fun. Although many chickens won’t be bothered by the noises at all, there are a few that will be and you might want to bring yours in for the evening to be on the safe side. Just put them in a spacious cardboard box, lined with straw, with plenty of air holes and they will be happy until the morning. Check the garden for ashes the next day because chickens will head straight for them when they’re let loose again, and dispose of any firework debris you might come across.

National Poutry Show

If you are passionate about poultry here is a date for your diary: The National Poultry Show will be held on November 20th-21st this year, at National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park. This is one of the largest poultry shows in the country, with around 5,000 beautiful birds on display, some terrific trade stands and some pretty poultry for sale too! We will be there so if you’re thinking about buying someone an Eglu for Christmas this is the perfect opportunity to see it in action. Try opening the eggport and holding a hen, and ask us any questions you might have. We hope to see you there!

Happy Bonfire Night!

From the Omlet Team


Halloween Competition

With Halloween just around the corner we think we’ve kept you waiting long enough for the launch of the annual Omlet Pumpkin Carving Competition! We’ve had a few entries already from some eager spooksters, but the competition is now officially open. Get your pumpkins at the ready and carve away for your chance to win this week’s star products, featured later in the newsletter. This competition always proves popular and we have had some eggstraordinary entries in the past so we eggspect nothing less this year. When you’ve created your Halloween masterpiece send a photo to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. But hurry, you only have until next Wednesday, 3rd November to get your entries in. Good luck!

Bergerg the Travelling Chicken

Last week Mel emailed us about her travelling chicken and we thought we’d share it with you!

I bought one of the Omlet chicken hand puppets in February last year and he (don’t know why he is a he – he just looks like a he) is called Bergerg (pronounced Ber-gerg – the noise my hens make when they have laid an egg!)

As we can’t take our hens or Eglu with us on our travels, my husband Roger and I take Bergerg with us when we go on holiday – so far he has been to Cornwall, Las Vegas (including the Hoover Dam), Rhodes and Silverstone to watch the Motogp! We always try and take a couple of pictures of Bergerg at famous landmarks or at least a picture of him on location. He has even been searched at Customs – now that was embarrassing!

I wondered whether any other Omlet members have such a well travelled chicken or whether we have started a trend!”

Now there’s a question – if any of you take your chicken (real or not) on hol, send us a photo, or a postcard! And click here for more photos of Bergerg around the world!

National Honey Show

Not a fan of Halloween? If you want to do something this weekend that doesn’t involve ghosts and ghouls why not come along to the National Honey Show at St George’s College, Weybridge. This is a prestigious event in the world of beekeeping and these guys really know their honey! There are numerous stands, workshops, lectures and competitions that make it an entertaining show for professional beekeepers, newbees and those who simply have an interest in bees and honey. And of course we will bee there for our second year, with the Beehaus, and with a few jars of honey that we hope will win prizes. Come and see how it works, have a chat and sign up to a beekeeping course if you want to get some hands on eggsperience.

Members of the public are welcome to come along and bee inspired so why not visit the website for more info.

Happy Halloween from the Omlet Team!


The Eglu’s Star Appearance

Has the Eglu got the Eggs Factor? We think so, and so does Alan Titchmarsh! Unfortunately our chickens haven’t become the latest ITV singing sensation, but they did star on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on Monday, alongside the love-em-or-hate-em duo Jedward. It’s not the first time Omlet have been invited to this show either, because Alan is a proud Eglu owner himself. Missed the show? Click here to watch now!

Eggsmas Shopping

Two weeks in and the Omlet shop is in full swing. It’s been great seeing so many happy faces already and we hope to meet lots more of you in the coming weekends. With Christmas quickly ap-poaching (yes, it is only two months away) you’ve got the perfect eggscuse to come and browse our wonderful range of products and find one or two unusual gifts. The shop is open every weekend and you can find us at Barn Farm Plants garden centre, in Oxfordshire. Click here for the map!

Dorothy’s First Egg

Last week we heard from Roberta, who emailed to tell us two great things: one, she loves reading our newsletter and two, her hen just laid her first egg. Hoorah! They had been eggspecting an egg from Dorothy, the 23 week year old Buff Orpington for a while, after counting down the weeks and on day they noticed a change in character. She became angry and agitated. Was this a sign? After discovering what an egg song was on you tube Roberta listened out until she finally heard the noise she was waiting for. Lo and behold, after some pacing, Dorothy finally settled down and laid an egg. And Roberta says it was ‘the most beautiful and perfect egg we’d ever seen.’

Read more about Dorothy’s story on Roberta’s blog The Poet in You.

Win Lunch for Two!

Listen up everyone! Here is your final chance to enter our fantastic competition to win some posh nosh for two. The winner and a friend will be treated to a slap-up three course lunch, with bubbly, at one of four award winning restaurants. Choose from Paris House, Bedfordshire, L’Ortolan, Berkshire, La Becasse, Shropshire, or The Carved Angel, Dartmouth (opening in January). Run by Alan Murchison, michelin starred chef and star of BBC’s Great British Menu, you can be sure to enjoy eggsquisite food at whichever restaurant you choose.

You’re hungry for the prize now, right!? Well here’s the competition…a Spot the Difference! Study the two photos of Paris House and find the 10 differences, then send your answers, written or circled, to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. You have until this Sunday, 24th, to enter so get your specs on and get spotting!

The Omlet Team.

P.S. Don’t forget out annual pumpkin carving competition – more details in next week’s newsletter!


You haven’t heard from us in a while but that’s because we’ve been busy making the newsletter even better than before. The first cool change is that we’re saving you a click, because the newsletter us now right before your eyes. Secondly, we’ve got a great new feature called Tested by Barbara that we know you will find useful. And even more eggcitingly you can eggspect to see a brand new design next week too! Let us know what you think and if you have any photos, jokes, stories or recipes that you would like us to feature, please send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Enjoy!

Shop Opening

First for some very eggciting news straight from Omlet HQ. We first started selling the Eglu in 2004 and our range of products, large and small, has been eggspanding year on year ever since. Although our website is great for ordering Eglus, chickens and other bits and bobs, we know that lots of you would prefer to see our products in the flesh before buying. So, we thought it was about time to try something new…we are venturing into the unknown and opening our very first shop!

Opening at weekends, the Omlet shop will give you the opportunity to see our eggstraordinary range of products like never before. Peek into a Beehaus, flick through a book, touch an egg cosy, or even stroke a chicken, and after you’ve had a good old mooch around you can pop into the garden centre next door and enjoy a cup of coffee.

So why not pop along for the grand unveiling this weekend? You will find us in the picturesque village of Wardington, Oxfordshire, alongside Barn Farm Plants. Click here to find us! We will be there Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. We’d love to see you!

British Egg Week

All was calm at Omlet HQ on Tuesday morning. It was just another day at the office…for the first couple of hours. When the clock ticked to 10:30am something strange happened. Orders started flooding through so quickly that we couldn’t keep up. Orders for a a few items in particular. Orders for Spiral Egg Racks, Fried Egg Earrings and Flip Egg Spatulas…and loads of them. But what was the reason for the sudden rush in eggcessories? It was then that we realised our products had just made an appearance on ITV’s This Morning. In light of British Egg Week Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield were joined by Edwina Currie to show off a range of egg gadgets. And despite Edwina’s previous fiasco with eggs, she embraced the eggsperience and wore the earrings with pride.

If you missed the feature you can catch it again by clicking here. And why not visit the British Egg Week website for some great recipes and competitions.

Grand Designs

This weekend Grand Designs Live will be taking to the stage again, at the NEC, Birmingham. Running from today until Sunday, the UK’s number one home show is brilliant for anyone that’s interested in home and garden, gifts and gadgets and new technology. Whether it’s some early christmas pressies you’re after or a whole new load of furnishings for your home, this is the show to visit. Potter around the array of stands, nosy through eco show homes, watch live cooking demos and finish with some tasty grub at the Grand Gardens Cafe (or, if you’re feeling flash, the Grand Restaurant by John Burton-Race).

We will be on stand G130, in in Grand Gardens section. Come and say hello, see a demo of the Eglu and Beehaus, and browse our selection of gifts and accessories. It opens at 10am each day and you can book tickets online now. See you there!

Competition

Fancy bagging yourself a posh meal for two at one of the country’s top restaurants? Who wouldn’t!? Enter this month’s eggstra special competition and you and a friend will be treated to a three course lunch and a glass of bubbly at one of the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group restaurants. Choose to dine at the beautiful Paris House in Bedfordshire, L’Ortolan in Berkshire, or La Becasse in Shropshire, or if you can wait until January you could also choose to try their latest addition, The New Angel in Dartmouth. Formally run by John Burton Race, this will be relaunched as The Carved Angel and we eggspect it will be just as fabulous as the other restaurants. Run by Alan Murchison, michelin starred chef and star of BBC’s Great British Menu, you can be sure to enjoy some eggsquisite food wherever
you choose.

So now that we’ve got your tastebuds tingling we can reveal the competition. Some find it easy, some find it frustrating, but one thing’s for sure, it always proves popular…yes, it’s that good old Spot the Difference! Simply look at the two photos of Paris House and find the 10 differences, then send your answers, written or circled, to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 24th October. Good luck!

The Omlet Team


There’s a definite chill in the air and shorts and skirts are being quickly replaced with jeans and fleeces. And as the Autumn creeps in we think it’s time to give your hens some TLC. A dash of Chicken Spice in their food every day will keep them perky through the cold months, a Winter Shade will keep them nice and dry in the Eglu and for a real treat give them a handful of Organic Mixed Corn every day – they’ll love it, and they’ll love you for it!

We hope this week’s newsletter brings you a bit of sunshine on a dullish day, so enjoy…

Beehaus News

This month the Beehaus has featured in the Telegraph, courtesy of Ian Douglas and his beekeeping diary. After two years of keeping bees and the collapse of a colony, Ian has just bee-come the proud owner of a brand new bee hive – a bright purple Beehaus. The arrival of the Omlet van cheered him up no end and he wasn’t disappointed by his new hive at all, saying “compared to the two days of blood and swearing I spent assembling the wooden verison, Johannes’ two-minute job attaching the legs to the preformed Beehaus looks effortless.”

Although wooden beehive owners are often alarmed by the brightly coloured Beehaus, Ian seems impressed by the design: “The boldly coloured plastic stands out against the green overgrowth (good aesthetically and easy to find…). In fact, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the garden over the dull, grey winter.

Click here to read the full article.

Also this month the Beehaus has appeared in the the Guardian Autumn Hotlist 2010. Beekeeping comes out at a bee-rilliant number 7 in the top 20, alongside The Inbetweeners, gappy smiles and local food, and the Beehaus is their hive of choice!

Perfect Poached Egg

Perfecting the art of the poached egg is a challenge, by anyone’s standard. Even chefs get flustered from time to time trying to deliver the perfect egg. It’s so easy to get it a bit too runny or a bit too hard, the white swirling everywhere or the egg splitting altogether. And that’s if you’ve managed to get the egg out of the shell whole in the first place.

Well fear not fellow egg fans, for we have found the guide to producing the ultimate poached egg. Read it, practise and then impress friends and family with your fabulous cooking skills! And if it goes really well why not send us photo of the final dish?

Beehaus VS Wooden Beehive

Have you ever wondered which hive comes out top for beekeepers? If you’ve been thinking about keeping bees and you’re unsure about which accomodation to choose, you might find this comparison helpful. Written by a Surrey beekeeper, this blog summarises his eggsperiences, problems and discoveries in his quest for a self sufficient(ish) life. Trialling both a traditional hive and the Beehaus, he compares the ease and effectiveness of both…and the Beehaus gets some bee-rilliant feedback!

But don’t take our word for it – Click here to read now!

Final Chance…

There’s still time to enter this month’s competition…so why not give our breakfast wordsearch a go? It’s easy as pie and you could bag yourself an eggcellent t-shirt. Just search for the food themed words below and send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk, or Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, by Tuesday 21st.

But be warned, it might make you peckish…

Words: Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

The Omlet Team


Eggs for Breakfast

Eggs are bad for you, eggs are good for you…the eggsperts just keep on changing their minds, but the latest news concludes that our favourite food really is eggcellent for your health. The humble egg is so full of vitamins that it is the best way to start the day, and scientists claim it is good for your heart, good for your eyes and good for your bones. So there’s a good eggscuse for a full English breakfast!

To celebrate this brilliant news we have a rather tasty competition for you. And it’s over-easy too so we eggspect loads of you to enter. It’s a wordsearch, with a breakfast theme! Just find the words below, then send your completed wordsearch to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Or email to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. The winner will get their hands on their choice of egg t-shirt and some other goodies.

Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

Mystery Meg

You may remember the mystery behind our last Eglu Owner of the Month…Meg had been the lucky winner of our Eglu Go competition and we were honoured to feature her in the newsletter. But the problem was no one knew what she looked like. Luckily, she hadn’t gone into hiding and a few days after the newsletter was sent we received a photo of the lovely lady.

More eggciting news though…the next day Meg emailed us to let us know that Miss Cassandra had laid her first egg, just double the size of a marble. And a day or two after that Miss Catherine did the same. Well, we do our best to make people happy!

Competition Results

Last month we launched a competition just for kids, to celebrate the school holidays and the Beehaus’ 1st birthday. We wanted you to send us your bee-inspired artwork and you didn’t disappoint. There were some bee-rilliant entries but the one that got us buzzing the most was a colourful picture of the Beehaus, complete with cartoon bees. Although we’ve never seen a bee hanging out her washing before, we like to think that this is the kind of hive of activity that occurs in all our Beehauses.

The artist beehind this picture is Emily Rowell, aged 13. We will be sending her a fantastic USB microscope along with a few other goodies. If any bees are hanging out their undies Emily will be able to see with her new gadget.

Penny for your Sting

What should you do if you get stung by a bee? Put a penny on it!

Struggling to get the punch line? That’s because this isn’t a bad joke, for once, but a real piece of advice. Now whether it really works or not, we have yet to discover, but according to an email we received, a penny really is the cure for your bee sting. After being stung, simply tape a 1p or 2p coin to the affected area for 15 minutes and the pain and irritation should disappear. We’re not sure how this works exactly, but it’s supposed to have something to do with the copper. Could this bee the cheapest antidote ever?

We’d love to know if this trick really does work so let us know if you’ve tried it!

Important Information

As a regular reader of the Omlet Newsletter, you will know
that we have kept prices the same for over two years. However due to UK manufacturing price rises we will be
increasing the price of some of the Eglu range.

As of the 10th of September the new prices will be:

Eglu Go – £330
Eglu Classic – £425
Eglu Pet for rabbits – £425
Eglu Cube 2m run – £695
Eglu Cube 3m run – £795

for a full list please see the Omlet website.

So if you’re thinking of buying an Eglu, order now to save
money. You can order items for delivery at a later date and
we will not take payment until the day before delivery.

Remember the fantastic Eglu Go (suitable for up to 4 chickens) is still £330 including 2m run and accessories.

To order any product please go online www.omlet.co.uk/shop or call our
helpful customer service team on 0845 450 2056

The Omlet Team

P.S With kids going back to school on Monday why not make their last weekend off a fun one, by going to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show? This agricultural show has loads of livestock, tonnes of trade stands and amazing attractions, including an eggscapologist. We’ll be there so come and say hello!


Another week, another newsletter…enjoy!

Craft Corner

Craft corner is now open for business! Come inside and have a browse at our first selection of handmade goodies, perfect if you’re on the lookout for a gift that’s a little bit out of the ordinary. If it’s jewellery that takes your fancy we’ve got an eggstraordinary selection, including some beautiful glass pendants, as featured later in the newsletter. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more individual items being added!

And if you like the idea of selling your handmade items in the Omlet shop please get in touch. We are on the lookout for all sorts of bits and bobs so don’t be shy, whether you’re into ceramics, sewing, stained glass or anything else, just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your idea.

Egg Boxes

Ever wondered what to do with your empty egg boxes? Well someone obviously has because they have written an article all about it. Written for the eco-friendly website Earth911, the feature gives six different ideas of what to do with your egg boxes, and some of them are pretty nifty. For eggsample, how about using them to store your christmas decorations or to grow some plants?

So if you’ve got a few boxes lying around and were planning on throwing them away, why not read the ideas and get the kids to try some out. It’ll keep them amused for a while and give you some peace!

Omlet TV Results

We had a great response to the Omlet TV competition last month and there were some brilliant entries. Our shortlist of families then made mini videos about themselves and we had the tough challenge of selecting just one…

Well, not quite…There were two families that really had the eggs-factor and we just couldn’t choose between them, so we have decided to make them both stars of Omlet TV. The Elwells are going to be the lucky owners of an Eglu Go and the Tyler-Jones are going to receive an Eglu Cube. Neither family has kept chickens before so they are very eggcited about this new venture, and we will be filming them every step of the way.

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on the Omlet TV channel bee-cause we are regularly adding new videos about keeping Bees.

Win a USBee Microscope!

Listen up kids! There is still time to enter this month’s competition if you haven’t already, and you could win some bee-rilliant prizes, including a USB Microscope worth over £50. To celebrate the Beehaus’ first birthday we want you to come up with a piece of bee inspired artwork. It could be a photo, a painting or a collage…or anything else you can think of.

You can send your piece of art to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, or email it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by this Sunday. Please include your name, age, address and email address.

60,000 New Jobs

There aren’t many people that can say they have 60,000 workers but Margaret Wilson, chairman of Sector Security has just that. They’re a bit different to her usual employees though and they’re creating a buzz in the company. That’s bee-cause these hardworking creatures are bees. Margaret already kept bees, with a few of her own hives in her garden, but she wanted to help the honey bee population by creating a home for them on the roof of her business too. The company in Blackpool now sites an Omlet Beehaus, surrounded by flowers and a real hive of activity.

Although many of the people that work there are happy to help out with the bees there are a few that aren’t so happy about their arrival. Margaret said “one of our workers who used to smoke up on the flat roof but will not go up there now.”

The Omlet Team


Where and with who do you live?

I live in Brentford, West London, with husband, Andy, two children, James (10yrs) and Macy (7yrs), two cats and fish in the pond!

What made you decide to keep chickens?

As we began to learn more about our food and where it came from, we started to eat organic food and had a go at growing our own in the garden. I wanted to give chickens a try then Andy saw the Eglu at a design exhibition and a plan was ‘hatched’!

How many chickens do you have and what are their names?

Oooh, at the moment we have eight girls in an Eglu Cube: Auren, Ruby, Pearl, Butternut, Ascot, Linen, Maddy and Coucou. They are all different breeds and thankfully lay different coloured eggs, so we can tell who is laying each day. Linen (Light Sussex) lays a white egg and Pearl (Crested Cream Legbar) lays blue!

What’s your favourite thing about the Eglu?

The design is fantastic! It looks great, it’s easy to clean (there’s no bending with the Cube!), but the best thing is how safe it is… We’ve had London foxes crawling all over it and the girls inside are just fine!

What do you like doing when you’re not hosting hen parties?

I’d like to say relaxing in the garden with a country magazine, but there’s not much time for that! I love to bake with the eggs, make jams and chutneys from the kitchen garden (watch out for the Pick and Pickle course in September), I’m very involved in the local community and help organise events and festivals. I’m a school governor and a church leader and certainly believe in living life to the full! Then once a week, I write it up in my blog www.HenCorner.com

Why did you decide to become a hen party host?

If you want the truth… I used to demonstrate Tupperware! The Eglu is just a bit bigger…..

But seriously, the chickens have become such a part of our family life that the nick name for our home is ‘Hen Corner’. Friends and family are always interested and some of them have now gone on to keep chickens, so if we can help introduce others to chicken keeping, it’s got to be good all round, hasn’t it?

When was your first course and how did it go?

Our first course was in May ’10 and we felt it went well. We had some great people on it, some travelling quite far to be with us, and we slightly over ran on time due to all the questions! As we are based in London, we decided to run an early evening course, so that people could come straight from work, this was well received as weekends can be precious. We were thrilled with the reviews they gave us!

What do your courses include?

We start with drinks and something to eat, then we follow the course notes and include choosing breeds, chicken health, weekly and seasonal care, cleaning the Eglu, eggs and much more. We finish with questions over cake and everyone goes home with a goody bag, course notes and a certificate!

What’s the best thing about being a hen party host?

Our last course was special as it turned out to be a birthday surprise that Nick had bought for his wife, Sue. As a hen party host, I feel that I’m helping people begin an exciting new journey and look forward to my guests keeping me updated as they go one to have chickens of their own…

Why should people attend a course?

Attending a course gives you a first hand experience of keeping chickens from people who incorporate it into their every day life. Seeing an Eglu in a back garden, holding a chicken, helping to clean it out are great starting points as people decide whether to try it for themselves. It’s a small and easy step on what could be a fantastic adventure…. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

Example Review

“Sara & her husband hosted a great evening – it was fun, practical & informative, in fact we went well over the 1 1/2 time slot. We were offered the most delicious egg mayo on home baked rolls & Pimms, with Sara’s buttercream fairy cakes to finish, it was no wonder we all stayed! I had already got my Eglu in place at home, but not the Chickens, so I was quite tempted by some of her lovely pure breed chooks! It was hosted in the early evening which suited my friend & I very well, as free Saturday’s can get a bit precious.” By Karen


Schools break up today, wahey and lots of you will be jetting off on holiday for a week or two of fun in the sun. But if you’re staying at home here’s another newsletter to keep you hentertained…and when you see the details of our new competition you might just be glad you haven’t got plans for the next two months!

Clucky Winner

We had an amazing response to the Eglu Go competition, with hundreds of inspiring entries. There were poems and photos, tragic tales and pleas and some funny little stories along the way. It was a mammoth task to choose just one winner, but a decision had to be made..

So congratulations to Margaret Etzel. We hope you enjoy it!

For the rest of you don’t be too heartbroken, all is not lost…read on for your SECOND CHANCE TO WIN AN EGLU GO! With chickens too, and some celebrity status sprinkled on top…

Win an Eglu Go…Again!

Have you spotted the latest feature on the website yet? Along with the shop, club and guide pages, you will now find Omlet’s very own tv channel! It sneaked onto our screens a couple of weeks ago and has been creating a buzz ever since, so if you haven’t spotted it yet, click here to check it out. We have created a mini series about beekeeping, featuring the Beehaus itself, and the Omlet bee family. The Whittingtons were complete newbees to beekeeping, and you can follow their progress…

The more eggciting news is that we are now on the lookout for another family to take part in a chicken versian of this, so if you didn’t win last month’s competition, here is another opportunity for you to get a brand new Eglu Go plus chickens. Not only will you receive the best chicken house a bird could ask for along with our personal eggspertise, but you will be a tv star…just imagine! Think your family would be perfect for the role? Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your details, and ideally include a photo of you and your garden. The closing date for entries is next Wednesday 28th July, so be quick!

An Egg a Day…

We are a nation that loves eggs. Boiled, scrambled, poached or fried, it’s a favourite for us Brits. But we didn’t eggspect them to be even more popular in India…where restaurants are dedicating entire menus to the humble egg. That’s right, there are restaurants all over the country that are making eggs the focus of their food. In many of these places you won’t be able to find a single dish on the menu that does not contain eggs. How eggstraordinary!

Eggsunday is one of these popular outlets, located in a busy food court in Mumbai. Customers sit and watch as the chefs cook egg after egg (700 a day on average), and as well as the usual dishes of omelettes and egg biryani, there are some more unusual dishes on offer such as Spiceggsunday – a dish made from hard boiled eggs topped with hot sauteed vegetables. The best-selling dish is the Bomblette pav – a basic omelette filled with the owner’s secret masala. This is one we are very tempted to try, so we might just have to take a visit…purely for research.

Read the article from the Times of India by clicking here.

A Whole Lotta Honey

We know that bee numbers are in decline, but now there’s some good news for beekeepers. Rumour has it that this season will be great for honey production. Despite the fall in bee numbers, the cold winter and warm spring has caused our busy bees to work overtime and produce more honey. Most hives produce around 50lb of honey a season, but some farmers are harvesting three times as much.

Tim Lovett, of the British Beekeepers’ Association, said “It’s looking like the best harvest for at least five years…The cold winter has helped keep the number of parasites down… we have had a good spring, which has provided the bees with plenty of forage and nectar.”

This is good news for apiarists everywhere, so if you keep bees you might be enjoying lots of honey on toast for breakfast this Winter. Let’s hope you’ve got a sweet tooth!
Read the full article from the Daily Mail by clicking here.

Roll Up Roll Up

Schools are breaking up for the holidays today, so lucky kids everywhere will have six weeks of fun in the sun to look forward to. It’s not always so fun for Mums and Dads though, trying to think of ways to keep the little darlings hentertained for all that time. So here are some ideas:

The RHS Show at Tatton Park is currently running until this Sunday. This is a colourful show full of food, fun and flowers. See inspiring show gardens, eat some tasty grub and say hello to our chickens. Kids 16 and under go free and if you order tickets on the website you will save £5.00.

Also running until Sunday is the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall. Kids will love to have a go at all the activities on offer, from archery to quad biking to trampolining, plus there are some eggciting displays and loads of stalls.

The New Forest Show will be running from 27th – 29th July. This is a great show with displays from the Devil’s Horsemen, miniature horses and of course our brilliant chicken houses! Visit the website for more info.

And after all that fun why not chill out at the Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. This is a festival that’s suitable for all the family, with music from top artists, yummy food and loads of stalls, so come and say hello!

The Omlet Team


It’s another beautiful day but if you’re still fuming from England’s football failure we have a suggestion to help you take out your frustration: boil an egg, put it in an England Footballer Egg Cup, draw a Wayne Rooney face on it and…well, we’ll leave that to your imagination! Or another option – just read our latest newsletter to forget all about it…

Competition Results

England might have been knocked out of the World Cup but we still have something to celebrate because we can finally reveal the results of the omelette competition. Before all the football fever kicked off we asked you to send us your ideas for an omelette to represent one of the teams. We had some weird and wonderful ideas sent in – some more unusual than others and we shortlisted some to cook up and put to the taste test. The results were not as eggspected…

In third place was Sarah’s Greek omelette, with red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano. This classic combo tasted great as an omelette!

Coming in a close second was Michelle’s Spanish omelette, with olives, capers, anchovies, chorizo, manchego and tabasco. A fun recipe that was full of flavour and a perfect footie snack.

But pipping it to the number one spot was Emma’s American omelette…Now, the thought of eating eggs, bacon, bananas and maple syrup may make your stomach turn but this omelette was surprisingly scrumptious. Eggspectionally moreish – the plate was clean in seconds and we urge you to try it!

Click here to see the three omelettes being cooked. Prizes are on their way to the winners but a big thankyou to everyone that entered.

An Eglu in Paris

The Eglu is becoming more popular by the day, popping up in gardens everywhere and making chicken keeping a trendy hobby. It’s not just family gardens you’ll see them in though, we often get orders from schools and even the occasional restaurant, and if you’re lucky enough to be dining in Paris House anytime soon you might just spot a green Eglu Cube while you’re there.

Paris House isn’t a house in Paris but a top restaurant in Woburn, with eggsquisite food and a beautiful setting. There’s even a famous chef – Alan Murchison, star of the Great British Menu tv series. But despite all of this head chef Phil Fanning thought something was missing outside. He wanted chickens, and he needed a coop just as stylish as the building itself. Of course, he opted for the Eglu Cube, which he says has proved to be “a big hit with our chefs and guests”. He told us “We love our chickens they are great fun. The Omlet coop is brilliant, it makes the rubbish job of clearning them quite bearable.”

You can read what they have said about the Eglu by visiting their website, or why not treat yourself to dinner there to see it for yourself!?

Competition Reminder

It’s two weeks since we launched our latest competition to win an Eglu Go and you have sent you entries by the bucketload. Hundreds of you have emailed in to tell us why you want to win this amazing price and we have been slowly but surely trawling through them. There have been some eggcellent entries so far and we’ve still got over a week left of the competition – crikey! So if you missed it the first time round because you were too busy watching the football or enjoying the sunshine we will give you one more chance (because we’re just nice like that)!

If you want to win a fabulous Eglu Go, complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes just send us an email telling us why you want, or deserve, to win one. Simple! Send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 11th July. Good luck!

In the Press

Our products have been hitting the press again this month, with loads of brilliant comments and some rave reviews.

The Eglu has been discovered by the Trendspotter for The Financial Times Online. The article focused on the increasing popularity of keeping chickens during these difficult economic times. “…frugality is no longer a question of life or death, but there are important aesthetic considerations: any self-respecting bantam demands a stylish coop if it is expected to deliver the goods.”

In The Sunday Telegraph Martin Gurdon, author of Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, has been writing a regular column on keeping chickens. He also has a video blog called Chicken TV on the website “Think of it as a riposte to chick lit and Big Brother, but with more interesting characters, and you won’t be far wrong.”

Sainsbury’s Magazine has an article about the mix of city living and country life. Apparantly “a taste of rural life offers a chance to get away from it all” so there are more and more urbanites taking up hobbies like keeping chickens. Anneliese Rigby lives in South London with her husband, 5 cats and 2 hens. She first saw the Eglu when having dinner at a friends house and after tasting their eggs she decided to buy one herself. She says that watching her hens Margo and Barbara is “like a scene from a slapstick comedy”.

The Eglu also made appears in this month’s Which? Gardening magazine. Principal researcher Steve was asked to keep chickens for a year and record the progress for a feature. He had never thought of keeping chickens before so he chose an Eglu for ease. (Good choice.) It was an easier eggsperience than he had eggspected. Steve has calculated that over 40 weeks he has had around £150 worth of eggs, and his verdict was “I’ve enjoyed having hens in the garden and I’d definitely recommend them…They don’t take much work considering the reward of at least one tasty, fresh egg a day.”

And let’s not forget the bees…The Sunday Telegraph has launched the Bring Back Bees campaign to raise awareness of the decline in bee population. The article explains why we need bees – mainly because they are essential for growth of one third of our crops. You can help by sponsoring a beehive or making your garden bee friendly, or if you want to try keeping bees yourself the article suggests going on one of the Omlet beekeeping courses.

The Bugs and the Bees

And talking of bees, it’s no secret that bees are special little creatures; they pollinate our food, make tasty honey and they really are rather clever. But these bee-rilliant insects may just have gone one step further to impress us human beeings…it has been discovered that honey bees could help in the fight against the hospital bug MRSA. The sticky substance that bees make, propolis, has been found to stop the MRSA bacteria from growing. It has been tested on 15 strains of the bug and was effective against them all.

Although propolis has been used as a folk remedy for years this latest research could lead towards developing new antibiotics. And the reason for it being investigated was that it is already used as an antiseptic by bees to seal gaps between honeycombs and preserve their hives from contamination.

The Omlet Team


The longest day is almost here and we are all loving the eggstra hours of sunshine (hens included) and that’s not the only thing that’s great this month; June is all about fetes, food and football and everybody’s having fun. So here’s another newsletter to make your Friday even brighter, and if you don’t like the football you can save it to read later for a bit of peace and quiet.

Record Breaker

Think your chicken lays whoppers? Not compared to this one… A six month old hen called Harriet has just laid a record breaking egg with a circumference of 23.1cm and 11.4cm in length. The typical circumference of a chicken egg is 14cm, so this is a bit of a giant in comparison.

Poor Harriet had only just started laying when she produced the egg, and although she limped a bit afterwards her owner, Tony Barbouti, said it didn’t put her off laying again. Mr Barbouti has been keeping hen for 30 years and said “My hens have laid big egg before but when I saw this one I was gobsmacked.” Unfortunately, the pet boxer Bodie soon broke another record by nudging the egg and cracking it while it was in position for its photo shoot.

Although this is the biggest egg on record, amazingly it is nowhere near the heaviest. In fact at 162g it is less than half the weight of the world record holder – a double yolked, double shelled phenomenom of 456g. Eggstraordinary!

Win an Eglu Go!

Have you always fancied keeping a few chickens in your garden? Do you dream of having a beautifully bright, designer coop in your garden? Can you think of nothing better than pottering outside each morning to collect fresh eggs for your brekkie? If the answer is yes, yes, yes then you are going to be flapping your feathers with eggcitement at this month’s competition…we’re giving you the chance to win an Eglu Go!

Now calm yourselves ladies and gents, take a breath and read what it is you have to do. It’s simple really, just tell us why you want to get your hands on an Eglu Go. Whoever we think deserves it most will receive an Eglu Go complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes. Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk before Sunday 11th July and you could be collecting the tastiest eggs before you know it!

England Egg Cup

We eggspect one or two of you might be spending this evening sitting on the sofa and watching the screen, because, as if we need to mention, England will be playing their second World Cup match. It’s great to support the team, but besides the football shirts and vuvuzelas how else will you be showing your patriotism? With this egg cup of course!

Perfect for the football fanatic this England footballer egg cup will strike up a conversation at the breakfast table. Draw a face on your egg to turn it into your favourite player and have a kick about every morning. What better way to start the day? We’ve even sent a set of these egg cups to the England team to wish them good cluck!

If we lose miserably you can always hide it in the cupboard in shame until 2014!

There is limited availability on these so if you want one grab it quick for £4.50!

Lewis’ Chicks

Omlet fan Lewis recently got in touch to let us know the latest in his world of chickens. He knows it all when it comes to hatching and rearing and lately he has been busy looking after a new litter. It looks like he has his hands full with seven gorgeous little chicks but there is a duckling too! One of his broody hens stole a duck egg and looked after it until it hatched.

We just had to share this photo with you. The new arrival, Orville, is definitely no ugly duckling, in fact he is such a looker he could have just stepped off an Easter card.

Unfortunately there isn’t enough room to show you all the photos of Lewis’ adorable chicks but you can watch them on his youtube video by clicking here. And if you are now feeling broody and you want to try hatching some eggs you can read his brilliant guide here.

Stop the Press!

News just in from Gardeners World Live… Quin has just been interviewed for BBC West Midlands Radio from the Omlet stand. He was asked all about the Eglu and he managed to get someone to take a snap of his moment of fame. We don’t know when it’ll be broadcasted yet so make sure you keep an ear out! And if you want to check out the Eglu you can visit us at the show until Sunday.

The Omlet Team

P.S. It’s Father’s Day this Sunday so don’t forget to treat your Dad to breakfast in bed!

P.P.S. The omelette competition has now closed and we have shortlisted our favourite recipes…the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter!


According to the met office summer has officially started and this year there are new promises of a scorching bbq summer, hooray! Bees are busy pollinating, chickens are dustbathing and people are picnicing – happy days. So in this newsletter you’ll find some products perfect for taking on a picnic, a super summer recipe and an update on this season’s shows. Enjoy!

Competition Reminder

There’s still time to enter our latest competition and it’s so easy you might as well give it a go. With the World Cup kicking off this month we want to find the perfect football inspired omelette. All you need to do is come up with an idea for an omelette to represent one of the participating countries. We don’t eggspect you to cook the omelette or even write a recipe, just send us your basic idea.

We will shortlist our favourites to cook up and put to the taste test and the winner will receive an eggciting prize…£25 to spend in the online shop, plus a selection of goodies that will help you cook your award winning dish.

Just send your idea to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June. Don’t be shy!

Bill’s Bad Beekeeping

Most of you will recognise Bill Turnball as the face of the BBC Breakfast Show, but more recently he has had the nation buzzing for a very different reason – his beekeeping experience. After 10 seasons of keeping bees he is quick to admit that he is no professional and has had his fair share of problems (killing three queens is just one of them), but he finds the hobby calming and even theraputic.

Bill was first intrigued by bees when a swarm was retrieved from his garden, and soon after his daughter pointed out a sign for beekeeping classes. He said “it was the challenge that appealed”…and 10 years on he has experienced the ups and downs of this challenge; “When it’s going well it’s great, when it’s not going well it’s very frustrating.” Despite his haphazard method to beekeeping he has been made the President of Northen Ireland Beekeepers and as part of the BBKA campaign he will be out and about spreading the word this summer.

If you have been inspired by Bill and you too like the appeal of a challenge as much as he did, why not go on a beekeeping course? We have a whole bunch of beekeepers that are happy to help, with courses all over the country, so visit the course page to fine one near you.

Calling all Crafters

A couple of months ago we let you in on our idea of starting a crafts section of the website. This will be a whole section dedicated to handmade items, made by people like you – how eggciting! We know that there are loads of you that are very hendy when it comes to making things and this is your opportunity to sell your stuff on our website. Cool, eh? The problem is there hasn’t been a great deal of interest from you, and we reckon it’s because you’re unsure if your items would be right for us.

Well it’s time to open up. Don’t be shy. Just show us your ideas. Whether it’s something traditional or totally whacky that you create we want to see it. So email stephanie@omlet.co.uk about your hendywork and send a photo if you can. You could be a hentrepreneur before you know it!

Shows

The Omlet tour is in full swing now and we will be eggsibiting at loads of shows over the next few months, so here are a few dates for your diary:

The Royal Bath and West Show – tomorrow is the last day so why not go and take a peek? There are over 600 stands to browse, the UK’s biggest cider competition and some of the finest animals in the country. We will be there too so that’s a great reason to come along!

BBC Gardener’s World Live this fabulous show runs from 16th – 20th June and if you’ve never been before it is definitely worth a visit. This year you can book a place on a floristry masterclass, get new plants without spending a penny in the plant swap, and pop over to the Good Food Show for something to eat when you’re eggsausted, because you’re ticket can be used for both events.

The Three Counties Show – this one is fun for all the family so why not get yourselves down to the Malvern Showground between 18th – 20th June for a great day out? See the prettiest pigs in England, watch food and drink demonstrations, or for some real eggcitement there’s the Red Devils parachute display. Be sure to see the Eglu too!

iMac for Chickens

Remember that comparison between the Eglu and the iMac back in the day? Well it’s here again, purely by coincidence this time. We had an email from Chris, sending us a photo of his piece of art which happened to feature an iMac with eggs inside. You probably can’t see from the picture but the keyboard spells out ‘chicken’ and ‘egg’ too. So why had he come up with this eggstraordinary piece? Because the Scottish artist simply likes to do ‘quirky stuff’. He said ‘birds that have such character can’t be eggnored’. We eggree!

Have you been inspired by your pet chickens? If you’ve eggsperimented with chicken art why not send us a pic? It could be in a newsletter! Send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Our range of Pocket Gardens are now all reduced to half price due to being close to or having reached expiry.


The sun is shining and this weekend is set to be an absolute scorcher. We eggspect the whole of Britain will be firing up the barbie and enjoying a few cold drinks, but don’t forget your pets during this heatwave. It is important that animals have access to fresh water and it is a good idea to give them a sheltered spot so they can escape from the heat.

Now that the advice is over why not start the weekend as you mean to go on, with some fun and frolics from Omlet…

Rabbit Results

Last month we launched a rabbitastic competition in support of Rabbit Awareness Week, giving you the chance to show off your beautiful bunnies in return for some brilliant prizes. The Omlet inbox was full to the brim with fantastic photos, ranging from pretty pets to quirky characters, and we enjoyed looking at them all. It was a tricky decision to make but we decided on three very deserved winners…

In third place was Jayne’s photo of her rabbit Chip who is five years old and very happy to pose for the camera.

Second place went to Keith for his perfect picture of his pet Terrance holding a dandelion.

But the medal for best bunny photo just had to be awarded to a picture we never thought we would see. Sent in by Harriet (6) and Jack (3), this photo shows Misty, Aslan and Snowy celebrating Aslan’s 6th birthday. They were treated to a yummy cake made of bread, carrot and parsley with wild pink flowers…lucky bunnies. We wonder if they played any party games like Pass the Parsnip.

Thankyou to everyone that entered – it’s great to see you are proud of your pets!

Coming Soon

The Omlet shop is full of eggstraordinary gifts as well as bits and bobs that you won’t find anywhere else. Yes, our range of egg cups is eggstensive, but we have a cracking range of all sorts of kitchenware, including some amazing mugs that are perfect for your morning coffee or your afternoon tea. We have some eggsclusive news for you…rumour has it that there are going to be some new additions to the collection of mugs, arriving in the next few weeks. We are sure they will cause a bit of a buzz and eggcitement with any of you that love chickens or bees.

That’s all we can say for now so keep an eye out…

Adopt a Beehive

Bees have been in the headlines again this week, with the population of the honeybee on the decline again. The good news is that since the launch of the Beehaus the number of newbee beekeepers has increased, and loads of people are doing their bit to help the humble honeybee. However, we had no control over the British weather, and the cold temperatures are not what we need to get bees buzzing. Throw in a disease that has been affecting the fittest and most able of bees and we’ve been left with a very sticky situation indeed.

If you don’t want to take the plunge into beekeeping yourself there are still other ways you can help to save the bees. Growing bee friendly flowers is one step you can take. Another idea is to adopt a beehive. Sponsored by Saga magazine, this is a great way of showing your support, helping the environment and getting a little something in return. You won’t have the responsibility of taking care of a colony of bees yourself, but the money you pay will go towards funding vital research into honeybee health and help to educate beekeepers. You’ll even get a jar of honey from your adopted hive. Like the sound of it? Click here to find out more.

Eggspensive Omelette

Being eggsperts in the field of eggs we know a thing or two about omelettes, so we were shocked to hear of one restaurant serving a very eggspensive version of the classic dish. The Boisdale resturant in London is offering an eggslusive omelette on their menu for a whopping £90! So why the big price tag for this usually ‘cheep’ lunch? Well, the ingredients are somewhat eggstravagant. The eggs come from the Black-Headed Gull and can only be gathered for six weeks a year, by licensed collectors. Add these to some eggsquisite Scottish lobster and crab, fresh English asparagus and Italian truffles and you’re almost there. Then there’s just the dash of champagne.

Although it might sound eggstreme to splash out almost £100 for an omelette apparantly city workers have been more than happy to try it. Click here to read the full story.

New Competition

Talking of omelettes, if you think you could create a cracking one you are going to love our latest competition. With the World Cup fast appoaching it is the perfect time to plan some tasty snacks for eating when watching the games, and what better dish to indulge in than a quick and easy omelette?

We want you to design an omelette that represents one of the football teams in this year’s world cup. How about a fish and chip omelette for England? Or frogs legs for France? We’re sure you can think of some more original ideas than these…with, hopefully, some tasty results. Send us your omelette idea and we will shortlist our favourite 10 to cook up and put to the taste test.

We will have a gallery of the best omelettes and the winner will receive a prize package that is perfect for cooking up the award winning dish. Just send your omelette design tostephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Did you see the Beehaus on BBC London news? There was a story on keeping bees and some of the Omlet team were interviewed on a rooftop in London. They were asked how popular urban beekeeping had beecome, and thanks to the Beehaus the answer was LOADS! Click here to watch the news clip!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!


You may be surprised to see there isn’t a single chicken in this newsletter…it’s all rabbit rabbit rabbit! Why? Because bunnies are brilliant and in light of Rabbit Awareness Week we thought they deserved to be in the spotlight for a change. So whether you are a fan of fur or feathers we hope you enjoy this week’s fun and frolics!

Rabbit Awareness Week

Did you know that rabbits are the third most popular pet in Britain? There are between 1.6 – 2 million pet rabbits in the UK today, and it’s no wonder, with their adorable appearance and sweet natured temperament. But sometimes bunnies can be neglected, which is why the Rabbit Awareness Week is launched every year, to help us give our full attention to our pets.

RAW is running from 26th April to 2nd May this year, and there are loads of great things going on. Vets around Britain are offering free health checks for rabbits and there is lots of advice on the website about feeding your pets properly. If you think you’ve got a beautiful bunny you can enter a photo into the RAW gallery and it might be crowned the face of 2010. Visit the website for more info.

What better time to give your rabbit an MOT and some TLC!?

Biggest Bunny

Think your bunny’s big? Take a look at his one! At a staggering 4′ 3” and 3st 7lb Darius has just broken the world record for the largest rabbit. The continental giant breed comes from a family of extra big rabbits and his mother and grandmother held the previous records.

So what’s the secret to owner Annette’s success in breeding record breaking bunnies? She vows “there really isn’t one, other than just treating them well and looking after them”. Darius gets lots of exercise and has a good diet. A BIG diet, in fact, including 12 carrots, 3 apples, 2 bowls of rabbit food and a cabbage each day. Oh, and lots of hay to snack on between meals.

You’d think Darius couldn’t possibly grow anymore wouldn’t you!? But at 13 months old he is expected to have another 6 months of growth left. Crikey! We just don’t think we have an Eglu big enough for this bunny…

Rabbit Obesity

From giant bunnies to giant tummies. You’d think it would be simple to feed a rabbit, wouldn’t you!? Well, according to rabbit experts 80% of pet bunnies aren’t fed the right diet. Most people know that rabbits need fibre in their diet, but not many realise that it is two kinds of fibre they need to keep their digestive systems busy. Indigestible fibre is the kind you see come out as hard droppings, and digestible fibre is moved around before emerging as sticky droppings and then re-eaten to extract nutrition. Rabbits can get very poorly if not given the right amount of both.

There are lots of great rabbit foods available that will give your pets the fibre and nutrients they need, and one option is the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan. Burgess has worked with leading vets to produce the ideal diet for bunnies, which includes herbage, tasty nuggets, nature snacks and a supply of fresh greens and water. You can read the plan and buy the food by visiting the website.

It’s good to feed your rabbit a small amount of fresh fruit and veg such as apples, cabbage, grapes and turnip, but bunnies tummies do not agree with potato, rhubarb, beans or avocados.

You can win some brilliant Burgess food by entering this month’s competition…

Snap Happy

Rabbit Awareness Week are running a competition to find the faces of RAW 2010 which is a great chance for your rabbits to show off their good looks. We don’t think rabbits get enough credit for their appearance so we have decided to run our own competition too. Every bunny is beautiful and they deserve to be admired so we want you to take a snap and send it to us. The best three photos will win some fantastic prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Send your photos to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 9th May. And it’s not just pretty pets we are looking for – any rabbit that makes us smile could be a winner!

Peter Rabbit

A lot of our products on the online shop are aimed at chicken keepers and we realise that those of you that are bonkers about bunnies may have felt neglected recently. That’s why we are so proud to present our brand new range of Peter Rabbit paraphernalia, that rabbit owners everywhere will love. Peter is undoubtedly the most famous rabbit in history so we thought he deserved a place in the wonderful world of Omlet.

You’ll find bookmarks, bags and bibs, along with some other great gifts that we think anyone would be hoppy to receive. Click here to see the full selection.

Shows

After the success of the Ideal Home Show, Omlet have another string of shows coming up shortly. Our next stop is Grand Designs Live, at London’s ExCel. This runs from May 1st to 9th and it is always a popular choice with anyone interested in home and garden design. You can find us on stand G108. Visit the website for more info.

We will also be at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show from May 6th – 9th. Great for budding gardeners, this is the place to find show gardens to inspire and excite. There’ll be talks and demonstrations to give great gardening advice and lots of stalls to buy goodies for the garden. We will be there too so come along and say hello.

The rabbit eglu will be on display at both shows so if you are thinking about keeping rabbits or you want to treat your pet bunnies to some new accommodation you can have a good old look at it and ask us any questions you might have.

The Omlet Team

P.S. The winner of the decorate an egg competition will be announced in the next newsletter.

P.P.S. We are still looking for homemade items to sell in our shop – email stephanie@omlet.co.uk for more info.


We hope you all had a Happy Easter and stuffed yourself silly with chocolate! The Bank Holiday is over but the sun is shining and the weekend is here so there’s lots to be happy about. And here’s a joke to start you off…

Q) Why did the chicken go to the library? A) To check out a bawk, bawk, bawk!

If you’ve got a better joke (that won’t be hard) send it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

Win Win Win!

In the last newsletter we announced our latest competition. We haven’t received many entries yet and the only thing we can put it down to is that children everywhere are just too busy eating chocolate to give it a go. Come on kids, you must have finished your eggs by now, and we know you’ve still got a week off school so there’s really no eggscuse not to enter. In case you missed it, the challenge is to decorate an egg. Simple, eh!? Let your imagination run wild and decorate your egg however you like. Kennedy grew cress from hers to create one very crazy egg indeed!

Send a photo of your amazing egg to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win a £25 voucher to spend in the online shop. The closing date is April 16th and the competition is open to grown up kids too!

Books that Buzz

Now that Spring has sprung and the British weather is starting to warm up, it is the perfect time to start keeping bees. And if you are planning to start this fascinating and rewarding hobby we have got a bee-rilliant range of books available to help you along the way. Whether you are a complete beeginner and you want to know the basics, or you have some experience but want to learn about breeding or making your own honey wine, we have a book to suit everyone.

Click here to visit the library now.

The Chicken Man

Anyone that reads the Observer might have noticed an eggstraordinary article in the magazine recently. The Eglu, chickens and Alex Horne were spread across four pages of the mag, for a very hentertaining read about keeping hens. Alex went from stand up comedian to chicken man in a few months and this article tells all about his journey from novice to bird obsessive.

He decided to keep chickens after his wife suggested it, and it wasn’t long before he came across Omlet on the internet, saying “Omlet’s iconic Eglu chicken house design looked so (yes, I’m going to use the word) hip that I was sure my impulsive decision was a good one”. He wasn’t disappointed with his decision, and after watching the new arrivals shake their booties for a while he named them Beyonce and Shakira. Alex soon became Mother Hen to the pair and was devoted, but that was not the end of it…

To read the whole of Alex’s story click here.

Feeling Crafty

The Omlet shop is full of eggciting and eggstraordinary gifts and gadgets but we are about to launch a brand new category of handmade crafts and we need your help. There are already a few handmade goodies available, but we want to give you the chance to add your own creations to the collection.

If you have crafty fingers and have something you think we could sell on our shop just contact stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Send a photo and description of your creation and we will get in touch. If you prefer to send a sample of your product you can – just send to Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Don’t be shy – anything goes!

Design Museum

You might remember us mentioning that the Beehaus had been nominated for the Brit Insurance Design of the Year award, a few weeks ago. It was a great achievement to bee nominated, but unfortunately we didn’t quite make it to the top this time. Min–Kyu Choi was crowned the overall winner for his innovative design of a folding plug. (You never know when you might need one of those.)

The good news is that the Beehaus is still on display at the Design Museum until October 31st. This is an exciting exhibition showcasing all the award nominees and anyone with a passion for design and technology will find it fascinating. For more information please visit the website.

The even better news is that we have two exhibition tickets to give away. Just answer this simple question for your chance to win the pair: Which five colours is the Beehaus available in? Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by April 16th. Good luck!

The Omlet Team

P.S. If you want to learn more about beekeeping why not go on a course? They’re running all over the country, so click here to find one near you!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!

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Omlet Newsletter – Tuesday, 14th December 2010

Happy New Year! We know it’s a bit late but we needed a bit of a break after all the eggcitement of the 12 offers of Christmas. The good news is that those promotions were so popular we have decided to introduce a ‘Deal of the Week’ for the rest of 2011. You will be able to find out the details of these on our website and in your inboxes every week so keep an eye out – there will be some cracking offers!

Bee Shampoo

It’s great to hear your feedback on the Omlet Newsletter, and it’s nice to know that lots of you find it highly hentertaining…but last month one reader was particularly amused after reading it with her grandson:

“Hi Barbara and co. This might amuse you. I read through every newsletter with my young grandson, and December’s describes your bee-keeping DVD, closely followed by photo of the animals’ Health Pack. The last item is small animal shampoo. “Gran!” he exclaimed, wide-eyed, “Do you have to shampoo the bees then?””

Thank you Pauline – perhaps that’ll be a new product to look into!

Scrappage Scheme

We launched our amazing Wooden Pet House Trade-In scheme at the end of 2010 and we have already had a fantastic response. It seems that there are quite a number of people with ‘orrible wooden houses and many came out of the closet when we introduced our tempting offer. It’s not hard to see why – the Omlet Scrappage Scheme allows you to get £50 towards a shiny new Eglu or Beehaus in eggschange for any wooden pet house or hive . No matter what age or condition, we’ll take it off your hands!

We’ve put together a rogues gallery of some of the houses we’ve collected so far and you can click here to see it. And if after looking at the photos you decide that you, too, would like to get rid of your old wooden hen house or rabbit hutch and replace with a clean and colourful Eglu, you can click here for more details!

Harry Potter to Keep Bees?

Keeping bees is growing in popularity year on year with even celebrities getting involved. The likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Turnball and Ronnie Corbet have all beecome converts to the sweet life of apiary and it is rumoured that even Daniel Radcliffe has been toying with the idea…

Now that all of the Harry Potter movies have been filmed, Daniel thinks his character should be allowed some peace and quiet after a rather hectic life at Hogwarts. After all, a life of fighting Voldemort can really take it out of you! He had two ideas for Harry – to start bird watching (he is a big fan of owls) or to retire to start keeping bees.

Unfortunately Daniel himself isn’t planning on settling down just yet, he’s got a few more years of acting before he plans on getting a Beehaus!

If you fancy taking up beekeeping this year click here to read our guide!

How Eggstraordinary!

The best thing about keeping your own chickens is the eggs, and sometimes Eglu owners open the eggport to discover one or two that are out of the ordinary. When Julia visited her hens one morning recently she had a bit of a suprise, finding a tiny egg no bigger than a quail’s egg. It weighed just 4g – not quite big enough for her breakfast. Luckily this was a one-off and the hens went back to laying normally. That is until she found another shocker a few weeks later. This time it was a big egg she found, weighing in at 118g and measuring around 9cm in length.

According to the Egg Leaderboard on Omlet Forum neither of Julia’s eggs are record breakers – amazingly the largest egg so far was 170g. However, we wonder if she has set a new record for the biggest difference in eggs from one hen.
From the Omlet Team


Although today’s weather seems positively tropical compared to the last couple of weeks, the weatherman says it’s going to get truly chilly again next week. The odd’s of having a white Christmas are going up and the the 25th is looming ever closer, so this week’s newsletter is full of fun and festivities. So on with the snow…

Let it Snow

With November turning out to be the coldest on record for some parts of Britain, and December showing no signs of change there has been snow chaos everywhere. (Well, everywhere apart from Omlet HQ, it seems.) Although many people have suffered due to the eggstreme weather, stuck in cars, slipping on pavements and not being able to get to work or school, it’s great to see that chicken owners are still in good spirit, sending us photos of their Eglu – turned – Igloo. The cold weather can be a worry for chicken keepers, but hens that are treated to the luxury of an Eglu will be snug inside their home due to the modern twin-walled insulation. With the help of a Winter Shade they will be able to frolic in their run too, while keeping nice and dry. We offer Winter Shades for the Eglu Classic, Eglu Cube and Eglu Go. At £19.98 each they are great value and make a perfect early Christmas present for your chickens.

If your chickens are finding the cold weather a bit too much and they’re getting the sniffles our Winter Health Pack should do the trick. With chicken spice, poultry vinegar, comb and wattle protector and citricidal it will keep them in tip-top condition whatever the weather. And if you’re suffering with the cold why not treat yourself to one of our Chicken Poop Lip Balms!? They’ll keep your lips soft and protected through the harshest weather, and they are ideal for stocking fillers.

Capital Bee

Christmas isn’t all about the chickens, this month we are thinking about bees too. The buzzing insects are often forgotten over Winter because we don’t see them flying about, especially when it’s as cold as this, but just because they’re not making much of a public appearance it doesn’t mean they aren’t still important. Don’t beelive us? Remember this fact when you’re eating your Christmas dinner: one in every three mouthfuls of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination. So in order for us to continue to produce enough food we really do need the help of the humble bee, all year round.

That’s why we’re supporting Capital Bee, the campaign for community beekeeping in London. Capital Bee promotes community-run beekeeping and campaigns for a bee-friendly city. It is part of Capital Growth, a campaign for 2012 new food growing spaces in London by 2012. As part of this campaign we will bee at the London Bee Summit on Thursday 16th December, at the Southbank Centre. There will be organisations that work with bees talking about what’s happening to the honey bee and what Londoners can do to help. There will also be time to debate, the chance to sample some local honey and display of beekeeping equipment, including the Beehaus. So if you are a beekeeper or you are thinking about keeping bees yourself or through an organisation, why not join in? Visit the website to book your place now!

Winner of Restaurant Competition

You may remember our Spot the Difference competition a while ago, with the fantastic prize of a meal for two at one of England’s finest restaurants. Well, the lucky winner of that prize was Sue Goddard, who was thrilled to hear she had won. She shared the prize with her husband and they chose to eat at L’ortolan restaurant in Reading. They were treated to smoked haddock with curried cauliflower and crispy hen’s egg, followed by slow cooked shoulder of pork with crushed celeriac, finished with majari chocolate tart with blackberries – all washed down with some champagne. Sue and Grant had a wonderful time and they have vowed to enter more competitions from now on.

Christmas Crossword

Speaking of competitions, it’s time for another so if you fancy your chances of winning a great prize, like Sue, read on. Our Christmas Crossword has beecome a bit of a tradition over the last few years and we think it’s perfect to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Plus, you could win a very tasty treat for your efforts. Just use the clues to fill in the crossword and then use the highlighted letters to find our secret Christmas message. Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win. All the correct entries will go into Santa’s sack and the Omlet elves will pull out eight names. Five will win a mini luxury Christmas Pud and three will win a full sized version. These delicious delights are handmade locally and taste tonnes better than supermarket puds…perfect if you just haven’t had the time or energy to make one yourself! Please get your entries in by Thursday 16th December so our elves have
plenty of time to pack up the puds and send them to you before Christmas.

Across
1) Wrapped up with string (6)
5) For the top of the tree (5)
8) Hung up in the hope of gifts (8)
9) Goes well with a mince pie (6)
10) For naughty children (4)
11) We’ve seen a lot of it lately (4)

Down
2) Yuletide drink for hen keepers (6)
3) On every hen’s wish list (4,2)
4) Traditional roast (6)
6) Love it or hate it, it’s part of Christmas (6)
7) Might just get you a kiss (9)
8) Everone’s least favourite Christmas food (7)

From the Omlet Team


Egg Fan Gift Sets

Looking for a unique Christmas present for someone that loves their eggs? We have just the thing!

Instead of browsing through our website for a suitable selection of eggstraordinary gifts why not opt for one of our pre-selected packs that are perfect for egg fans everywhere. Each pack contains either the boiled, scrambled, fried or freshly laid t-shirt, along with two other matching goodies, so whichever is their breakfast of choice, they’ll be sure to love it. Buying these packs will save you money too – at only £20 they’re eggcellent value!

So discover what’s in these eggciting packs and you might even be tempted to treat yourself while you’re at it.

Always Freshly Laid – Men

Boiled Egg – Women

Fried Egg – Men

Scrambled Egg – Women

And don’t forget about the great offers we have on at the moment: trade in your old chicken house and we’ll give you £50 to use towards a shiny, new Eglu. And, spend over £50 and you will qualify for free delivery if you enter this code: NEWSDELIVERY.

Competition Time

In this week’s competition you can win the Egg Fan Gift Set of your choice and if you are an egg aficionado you should find it over-easy! All you need to do is send us a photo of you with your favourite egg dish. It’s as easy as that! Whether you like your eggs nice and simple or you have an eggstra special dinner that you like to rustle up, we want to see it! Next time you sit down for your big breakfast just take a pic and send it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. The hungrier it makes us the better.

We have three Egg Fan Sets to give away so it’s well worth entering, and you have until Friday 3rd December to do so. Good luck!

Big Hen Wing Ding

Trying to find a Christmas present with a difference? Why not treat someone to a hentastic day out? Paul Peacock, author of numerous books and host of many brilliant beekeeping and chicken keeping courses is running an eggstra special course called the Big Hen Wing Ding, in January. It will be his first ever poultry seminar, packed full of information, workshops and fun for chicken keepers. Unlike the usual course this one will include lectures and some guest speakers, including Omlet, who will be talking about the wonderful Eglu.

Seminars and workshops will vary from beginner to more advanced topics, so if you are looking to keep hens for the first time, or you want to learn a new skill, such as incubation, this whole day event will be ideal.

The Big Hen Wing Ding will be on Saturday 29th January, starting at 10am. The usual ticket price is £25, to include lunch and a donation to BHWT, but if you book now you will get £5 off. So whether you want to book yourself a new year treat or you want to surprise a chicken keeper this Christmas, click here to book now!

From the Omlet Team


Wooden Scrappage Scheme

Have you always wished you owned an Eglu? Do your chickens or rabbits dream of staying in such stylish accommodation? Do you wish you didn’t have to spend so long cleaning out your old wooden hutch every week? Well call us your Fairy Godmother because your wish is our command! Not only will we take the crumbling, rotting wooden house off your hands, but we will give you £50 towards the cost of a brand new, sparkling Eglu.

There’s no catch here, we would just prefer to see gardens everywhere glowing with brilliant, bright Eglus. Chickens and rabbits everywhere will be warm and cosy, clean and care-free and safe from foxes, and owners will be a happier bunch knowing they can clean the Eglu in minutes.

You can trade in any wooden pet house, no matter what the age, make or condition. So click here now or phone 0845 450 2056 to be one step closer to owning your dream chicken house! Or if you’ve noticed an unsightly looking wreck in someone else’s garden why not let them know about the offer? They might just thank you for it!

The Ultimate Chicken Health Pack

Thinking of keeping chickens but completely confused about health products? Instead of trawling through our product range why not opt for our Ultimate Chicken Health Pack? It contains 13 of our most popular products that will keep your chickens happy and healthy, and your Eglu hygenic. At less than £60 it is a bit of a bargain too, saving you 10% on the price of buying the items seperately, and don’t forget that on orders over £50 you will qualify for free delivery too! Just use this code: NEWSDELIVERY at the checkout.

This pack includes Mixed Chicken Grit 1.25kg, Verm-X for Chickens, Diatomaceous Earth – 100g , Chicken Spice – 450g, Citricidal 45ml, Red Mite Powder – 500g, Chicken Tonic – 500ml, Clean-n-Safe Pet Disinfectant, Garlic Powder, Johnsons Anti Pek Spray, Poultry Cider Vinegar – 1L, Johnsons Scaly Leg Lotion, Veterinary Wound Powder 20g.

Christmas Shopping

There are only five weeks til christmas and the shopping rush has well and truly begun! But if you can think of nothing worse than traipsing in and out of busy shops, fighting your way to the last must-have toy and queuing for an hour just to pay for the blinkin’ thing, then don’t panic, help is at hand. Visiting the Omlet online shop is a stress-free eggsperience that will have you giggling rather than gasping.

Our Christmas section is now open for custom and brimming with gifts, gadgets and goodies that will make you ooh and aah. With a selection of everything from toy tea sets to cappuccino candles to surprising nuts (surely that ones worth a click), you will find something for everyone. So why not put your feet up, make yourself a coffee and browse our christmas gifts at your leisure!

From the Omlet Team


Don’t let the wind and rain get you down this weekend because we’ve got some fantastic offers that will bring the sunshine straight to your door. Now, we can’t promise that our weekend specials will really make the sun come out but they will certainly help brighten your day. So why not treat yourself, and your chickens?

Run Extension Reductions!!!

With the days getting darker and the need to stay indoors and snuggle up on the sofa getting stronger, you’ll probably be shutting your hens in their Eglu earlier during the Winter. So why not treat them to an early Christmas present in the form an Eglu Run Extension. Your hens will have more room to frolic, whilst being safe from foxes and you won’t need to keep an eye on them. The great news is that we have reduced the price of all run extensions for one month.

Eglu Go Run Extension was £79, now £49!

Eglu Run Extension Kit A was £79, now £49!

Eglu Run Extension Kit B was £79, now £49!

Cube Run Extension – 1M was £100, now £89!

Remember, these offers will last one month only so why not beat the crowds and order now!?

Super Shades!!!

Good news for all Eglu Go owners out there – you can now buy a winter shade to keep your chickens warm and dry through the rain and snow. But we haven’t forgotton those of you that have an Eglu Classic – you might like to plan ahead and save with our pack of winter and summer shade and bungees. And Cube owners don’t despair because there are some great new offers for you too – buy a pack of two of three wind shades and save money. Perfect for giving you chickens the ultimate winter wonderland.

Buy Shade – Eglu Go – Winter for £19.98

Buy Shade – Classic – Summer Winter Saver Pack for £26.95

Buy Shade – Cube – Wind – Pack of 2 for £16.80

or Shade – Cube – Wind – Pack of 3 for £25.10

Free Delivery!!!

We’re also offering you the chance to save even more money by giving you free delivery on your order. Just spend over £50 and the jolly old postman will deliver your parcels free of charge. All you need to do is add your products to the basket, pop in the secret code below and bob’s your uncle!

NEWSDELIVERY

From the Omlet Team


Rememember remember the fifth of November! Yes, we know we are a day early but we thought we’d better send you this before you start your celebrations. So enjoy the newsletter and we hope your weekend goes with a BANG!

Competition Results

Did you have a spooktacular Halloween? By the number of entries we received to our pumpkin carving competition it looks like lots of you were enjoying the fun, frights and frolics of October 31st and your efforts were just as scaretastic as ever. The judging process was tricky and there were a few white faces by the time we’d reached our verdict, but we picked a worthy winner that’ll put hairs on your chest – 7yr old Daniel Brache, with his gorsome dragon design. We hope you enjoy your new found gory! (And your prizes.)

Pumpkin Pecking

And it’s not just people that can carve a decent pumpkin you know!? Rumour has it that there are one or two chickens out there that can do the job just as well. We spotted Kay’s photo of her chickens on the forum having a good old chomp at the Halloween veggie, and it goes to prove that pumpkin pecking really is the latest poultry past-time craze. Either that or they just like the taste of it. We much prefer the idea that these hens are learning skills in sculpting though, and that next year we will be receiving even more hentries to our Halloween competition.

Fireworks and Chickens

This weekend whether you’re planning on going to a local event, having a party or staying at home, you’re bound to hear the bangs and whistles of a few fireworks. Although bonfire night is a very eggciting time for many, it’s important to think of your pets, because chances are they will find it more frightening than fun. Although many chickens won’t be bothered by the noises at all, there are a few that will be and you might want to bring yours in for the evening to be on the safe side. Just put them in a spacious cardboard box, lined with straw, with plenty of air holes and they will be happy until the morning. Check the garden for ashes the next day because chickens will head straight for them when they’re let loose again, and dispose of any firework debris you might come across.

National Poutry Show

If you are passionate about poultry here is a date for your diary: The National Poultry Show will be held on November 20th-21st this year, at National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park. This is one of the largest poultry shows in the country, with around 5,000 beautiful birds on display, some terrific trade stands and some pretty poultry for sale too! We will be there so if you’re thinking about buying someone an Eglu for Christmas this is the perfect opportunity to see it in action. Try opening the eggport and holding a hen, and ask us any questions you might have. We hope to see you there!

Happy Bonfire Night!

From the Omlet Team


Halloween Competition

With Halloween just around the corner we think we’ve kept you waiting long enough for the launch of the annual Omlet Pumpkin Carving Competition! We’ve had a few entries already from some eager spooksters, but the competition is now officially open. Get your pumpkins at the ready and carve away for your chance to win this week’s star products, featured later in the newsletter. This competition always proves popular and we have had some eggstraordinary entries in the past so we eggspect nothing less this year. When you’ve created your Halloween masterpiece send a photo to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. But hurry, you only have until next Wednesday, 3rd November to get your entries in. Good luck!

Bergerg the Travelling Chicken

Last week Mel emailed us about her travelling chicken and we thought we’d share it with you!

I bought one of the Omlet chicken hand puppets in February last year and he (don’t know why he is a he – he just looks like a he) is called Bergerg (pronounced Ber-gerg – the noise my hens make when they have laid an egg!)

As we can’t take our hens or Eglu with us on our travels, my husband Roger and I take Bergerg with us when we go on holiday – so far he has been to Cornwall, Las Vegas (including the Hoover Dam), Rhodes and Silverstone to watch the Motogp! We always try and take a couple of pictures of Bergerg at famous landmarks or at least a picture of him on location. He has even been searched at Customs – now that was embarrassing!

I wondered whether any other Omlet members have such a well travelled chicken or whether we have started a trend!”

Now there’s a question – if any of you take your chicken (real or not) on hol, send us a photo, or a postcard! And click here for more photos of Bergerg around the world!

National Honey Show

Not a fan of Halloween? If you want to do something this weekend that doesn’t involve ghosts and ghouls why not come along to the National Honey Show at St George’s College, Weybridge. This is a prestigious event in the world of beekeeping and these guys really know their honey! There are numerous stands, workshops, lectures and competitions that make it an entertaining show for professional beekeepers, newbees and those who simply have an interest in bees and honey. And of course we will bee there for our second year, with the Beehaus, and with a few jars of honey that we hope will win prizes. Come and see how it works, have a chat and sign up to a beekeeping course if you want to get some hands on eggsperience.

Members of the public are welcome to come along and bee inspired so why not visit the website for more info.

Happy Halloween from the Omlet Team!


The Eglu’s Star Appearance

Has the Eglu got the Eggs Factor? We think so, and so does Alan Titchmarsh! Unfortunately our chickens haven’t become the latest ITV singing sensation, but they did star on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on Monday, alongside the love-em-or-hate-em duo Jedward. It’s not the first time Omlet have been invited to this show either, because Alan is a proud Eglu owner himself. Missed the show? Click here to watch now!

Eggsmas Shopping

Two weeks in and the Omlet shop is in full swing. It’s been great seeing so many happy faces already and we hope to meet lots more of you in the coming weekends. With Christmas quickly ap-poaching (yes, it is only two months away) you’ve got the perfect eggscuse to come and browse our wonderful range of products and find one or two unusual gifts. The shop is open every weekend and you can find us at Barn Farm Plants garden centre, in Oxfordshire. Click here for the map!

Dorothy’s First Egg

Last week we heard from Roberta, who emailed to tell us two great things: one, she loves reading our newsletter and two, her hen just laid her first egg. Hoorah! They had been eggspecting an egg from Dorothy, the 23 week year old Buff Orpington for a while, after counting down the weeks and on day they noticed a change in character. She became angry and agitated. Was this a sign? After discovering what an egg song was on you tube Roberta listened out until she finally heard the noise she was waiting for. Lo and behold, after some pacing, Dorothy finally settled down and laid an egg. And Roberta says it was ‘the most beautiful and perfect egg we’d ever seen.’

Read more about Dorothy’s story on Roberta’s blog The Poet in You.

Win Lunch for Two!

Listen up everyone! Here is your final chance to enter our fantastic competition to win some posh nosh for two. The winner and a friend will be treated to a slap-up three course lunch, with bubbly, at one of four award winning restaurants. Choose from Paris House, Bedfordshire, L’Ortolan, Berkshire, La Becasse, Shropshire, or The Carved Angel, Dartmouth (opening in January). Run by Alan Murchison, michelin starred chef and star of BBC’s Great British Menu, you can be sure to enjoy eggsquisite food at whichever restaurant you choose.

You’re hungry for the prize now, right!? Well here’s the competition…a Spot the Difference! Study the two photos of Paris House and find the 10 differences, then send your answers, written or circled, to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. You have until this Sunday, 24th, to enter so get your specs on and get spotting!

The Omlet Team.

P.S. Don’t forget out annual pumpkin carving competition – more details in next week’s newsletter!


You haven’t heard from us in a while but that’s because we’ve been busy making the newsletter even better than before. The first cool change is that we’re saving you a click, because the newsletter us now right before your eyes. Secondly, we’ve got a great new feature called Tested by Barbara that we know you will find useful. And even more eggcitingly you can eggspect to see a brand new design next week too! Let us know what you think and if you have any photos, jokes, stories or recipes that you would like us to feature, please send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Enjoy!

Shop Opening

First for some very eggciting news straight from Omlet HQ. We first started selling the Eglu in 2004 and our range of products, large and small, has been eggspanding year on year ever since. Although our website is great for ordering Eglus, chickens and other bits and bobs, we know that lots of you would prefer to see our products in the flesh before buying. So, we thought it was about time to try something new…we are venturing into the unknown and opening our very first shop!

Opening at weekends, the Omlet shop will give you the opportunity to see our eggstraordinary range of products like never before. Peek into a Beehaus, flick through a book, touch an egg cosy, or even stroke a chicken, and after you’ve had a good old mooch around you can pop into the garden centre next door and enjoy a cup of coffee.

So why not pop along for the grand unveiling this weekend? You will find us in the picturesque village of Wardington, Oxfordshire, alongside Barn Farm Plants. Click here to find us! We will be there Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. We’d love to see you!

British Egg Week

All was calm at Omlet HQ on Tuesday morning. It was just another day at the office…for the first couple of hours. When the clock ticked to 10:30am something strange happened. Orders started flooding through so quickly that we couldn’t keep up. Orders for a a few items in particular. Orders for Spiral Egg Racks, Fried Egg Earrings and Flip Egg Spatulas…and loads of them. But what was the reason for the sudden rush in eggcessories? It was then that we realised our products had just made an appearance on ITV’s This Morning. In light of British Egg Week Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield were joined by Edwina Currie to show off a range of egg gadgets. And despite Edwina’s previous fiasco with eggs, she embraced the eggsperience and wore the earrings with pride.

If you missed the feature you can catch it again by clicking here. And why not visit the British Egg Week website for some great recipes and competitions.

Grand Designs

This weekend Grand Designs Live will be taking to the stage again, at the NEC, Birmingham. Running from today until Sunday, the UK’s number one home show is brilliant for anyone that’s interested in home and garden, gifts and gadgets and new technology. Whether it’s some early christmas pressies you’re after or a whole new load of furnishings for your home, this is the show to visit. Potter around the array of stands, nosy through eco show homes, watch live cooking demos and finish with some tasty grub at the Grand Gardens Cafe (or, if you’re feeling flash, the Grand Restaurant by John Burton-Race).

We will be on stand G130, in in Grand Gardens section. Come and say hello, see a demo of the Eglu and Beehaus, and browse our selection of gifts and accessories. It opens at 10am each day and you can book tickets online now. See you there!

Competition

Fancy bagging yourself a posh meal for two at one of the country’s top restaurants? Who wouldn’t!? Enter this month’s eggstra special competition and you and a friend will be treated to a three course lunch and a glass of bubbly at one of the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group restaurants. Choose to dine at the beautiful Paris House in Bedfordshire, L’Ortolan in Berkshire, or La Becasse in Shropshire, or if you can wait until January you could also choose to try their latest addition, The New Angel in Dartmouth. Formally run by John Burton Race, this will be relaunched as The Carved Angel and we eggspect it will be just as fabulous as the other restaurants. Run by Alan Murchison, michelin starred chef and star of BBC’s Great British Menu, you can be sure to enjoy some eggsquisite food wherever
you choose.

So now that we’ve got your tastebuds tingling we can reveal the competition. Some find it easy, some find it frustrating, but one thing’s for sure, it always proves popular…yes, it’s that good old Spot the Difference! Simply look at the two photos of Paris House and find the 10 differences, then send your answers, written or circled, to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 24th October. Good luck!

The Omlet Team


There’s a definite chill in the air and shorts and skirts are being quickly replaced with jeans and fleeces. And as the Autumn creeps in we think it’s time to give your hens some TLC. A dash of Chicken Spice in their food every day will keep them perky through the cold months, a Winter Shade will keep them nice and dry in the Eglu and for a real treat give them a handful of Organic Mixed Corn every day – they’ll love it, and they’ll love you for it!

We hope this week’s newsletter brings you a bit of sunshine on a dullish day, so enjoy…

Beehaus News

This month the Beehaus has featured in the Telegraph, courtesy of Ian Douglas and his beekeeping diary. After two years of keeping bees and the collapse of a colony, Ian has just bee-come the proud owner of a brand new bee hive – a bright purple Beehaus. The arrival of the Omlet van cheered him up no end and he wasn’t disappointed by his new hive at all, saying “compared to the two days of blood and swearing I spent assembling the wooden verison, Johannes’ two-minute job attaching the legs to the preformed Beehaus looks effortless.”

Although wooden beehive owners are often alarmed by the brightly coloured Beehaus, Ian seems impressed by the design: “The boldly coloured plastic stands out against the green overgrowth (good aesthetically and easy to find…). In fact, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the garden over the dull, grey winter.

Click here to read the full article.

Also this month the Beehaus has appeared in the the Guardian Autumn Hotlist 2010. Beekeeping comes out at a bee-rilliant number 7 in the top 20, alongside The Inbetweeners, gappy smiles and local food, and the Beehaus is their hive of choice!

Perfect Poached Egg

Perfecting the art of the poached egg is a challenge, by anyone’s standard. Even chefs get flustered from time to time trying to deliver the perfect egg. It’s so easy to get it a bit too runny or a bit too hard, the white swirling everywhere or the egg splitting altogether. And that’s if you’ve managed to get the egg out of the shell whole in the first place.

Well fear not fellow egg fans, for we have found the guide to producing the ultimate poached egg. Read it, practise and then impress friends and family with your fabulous cooking skills! And if it goes really well why not send us photo of the final dish?

Beehaus VS Wooden Beehive

Have you ever wondered which hive comes out top for beekeepers? If you’ve been thinking about keeping bees and you’re unsure about which accomodation to choose, you might find this comparison helpful. Written by a Surrey beekeeper, this blog summarises his eggsperiences, problems and discoveries in his quest for a self sufficient(ish) life. Trialling both a traditional hive and the Beehaus, he compares the ease and effectiveness of both…and the Beehaus gets some bee-rilliant feedback!

But don’t take our word for it – Click here to read now!

Final Chance…

There’s still time to enter this month’s competition…so why not give our breakfast wordsearch a go? It’s easy as pie and you could bag yourself an eggcellent t-shirt. Just search for the food themed words below and send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk, or Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, by Tuesday 21st.

But be warned, it might make you peckish…

Words: Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

The Omlet Team


Eggs for Breakfast

Eggs are bad for you, eggs are good for you…the eggsperts just keep on changing their minds, but the latest news concludes that our favourite food really is eggcellent for your health. The humble egg is so full of vitamins that it is the best way to start the day, and scientists claim it is good for your heart, good for your eyes and good for your bones. So there’s a good eggscuse for a full English breakfast!

To celebrate this brilliant news we have a rather tasty competition for you. And it’s over-easy too so we eggspect loads of you to enter. It’s a wordsearch, with a breakfast theme! Just find the words below, then send your completed wordsearch to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Or email to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. The winner will get their hands on their choice of egg t-shirt and some other goodies.

Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

Mystery Meg

You may remember the mystery behind our last Eglu Owner of the Month…Meg had been the lucky winner of our Eglu Go competition and we were honoured to feature her in the newsletter. But the problem was no one knew what she looked like. Luckily, she hadn’t gone into hiding and a few days after the newsletter was sent we received a photo of the lovely lady.

More eggciting news though…the next day Meg emailed us to let us know that Miss Cassandra had laid her first egg, just double the size of a marble. And a day or two after that Miss Catherine did the same. Well, we do our best to make people happy!

Competition Results

Last month we launched a competition just for kids, to celebrate the school holidays and the Beehaus’ 1st birthday. We wanted you to send us your bee-inspired artwork and you didn’t disappoint. There were some bee-rilliant entries but the one that got us buzzing the most was a colourful picture of the Beehaus, complete with cartoon bees. Although we’ve never seen a bee hanging out her washing before, we like to think that this is the kind of hive of activity that occurs in all our Beehauses.

The artist beehind this picture is Emily Rowell, aged 13. We will be sending her a fantastic USB microscope along with a few other goodies. If any bees are hanging out their undies Emily will be able to see with her new gadget.

Penny for your Sting

What should you do if you get stung by a bee? Put a penny on it!

Struggling to get the punch line? That’s because this isn’t a bad joke, for once, but a real piece of advice. Now whether it really works or not, we have yet to discover, but according to an email we received, a penny really is the cure for your bee sting. After being stung, simply tape a 1p or 2p coin to the affected area for 15 minutes and the pain and irritation should disappear. We’re not sure how this works exactly, but it’s supposed to have something to do with the copper. Could this bee the cheapest antidote ever?

We’d love to know if this trick really does work so let us know if you’ve tried it!

Important Information

As a regular reader of the Omlet Newsletter, you will know
that we have kept prices the same for over two years. However due to UK manufacturing price rises we will be
increasing the price of some of the Eglu range.

As of the 10th of September the new prices will be:

Eglu Go – £330
Eglu Classic – £425
Eglu Pet for rabbits – £425
Eglu Cube 2m run – £695
Eglu Cube 3m run – £795

for a full list please see the Omlet website.

So if you’re thinking of buying an Eglu, order now to save
money. You can order items for delivery at a later date and
we will not take payment until the day before delivery.

Remember the fantastic Eglu Go (suitable for up to 4 chickens) is still £330 including 2m run and accessories.

To order any product please go online www.omlet.co.uk/shop or call our
helpful customer service team on 0845 450 2056

The Omlet Team

P.S With kids going back to school on Monday why not make their last weekend off a fun one, by going to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show? This agricultural show has loads of livestock, tonnes of trade stands and amazing attractions, including an eggscapologist. We’ll be there so come and say hello!


Another week, another newsletter…enjoy!

Craft Corner

Craft corner is now open for business! Come inside and have a browse at our first selection of handmade goodies, perfect if you’re on the lookout for a gift that’s a little bit out of the ordinary. If it’s jewellery that takes your fancy we’ve got an eggstraordinary selection, including some beautiful glass pendants, as featured later in the newsletter. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more individual items being added!

And if you like the idea of selling your handmade items in the Omlet shop please get in touch. We are on the lookout for all sorts of bits and bobs so don’t be shy, whether you’re into ceramics, sewing, stained glass or anything else, just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your idea.

Egg Boxes

Ever wondered what to do with your empty egg boxes? Well someone obviously has because they have written an article all about it. Written for the eco-friendly website Earth911, the feature gives six different ideas of what to do with your egg boxes, and some of them are pretty nifty. For eggsample, how about using them to store your christmas decorations or to grow some plants?

So if you’ve got a few boxes lying around and were planning on throwing them away, why not read the ideas and get the kids to try some out. It’ll keep them amused for a while and give you some peace!

Omlet TV Results

We had a great response to the Omlet TV competition last month and there were some brilliant entries. Our shortlist of families then made mini videos about themselves and we had the tough challenge of selecting just one…

Well, not quite…There were two families that really had the eggs-factor and we just couldn’t choose between them, so we have decided to make them both stars of Omlet TV. The Elwells are going to be the lucky owners of an Eglu Go and the Tyler-Jones are going to receive an Eglu Cube. Neither family has kept chickens before so they are very eggcited about this new venture, and we will be filming them every step of the way.

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on the Omlet TV channel bee-cause we are regularly adding new videos about keeping Bees.

Win a USBee Microscope!

Listen up kids! There is still time to enter this month’s competition if you haven’t already, and you could win some bee-rilliant prizes, including a USB Microscope worth over £50. To celebrate the Beehaus’ first birthday we want you to come up with a piece of bee inspired artwork. It could be a photo, a painting or a collage…or anything else you can think of.

You can send your piece of art to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, or email it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by this Sunday. Please include your name, age, address and email address.

60,000 New Jobs

There aren’t many people that can say they have 60,000 workers but Margaret Wilson, chairman of Sector Security has just that. They’re a bit different to her usual employees though and they’re creating a buzz in the company. That’s bee-cause these hardworking creatures are bees. Margaret already kept bees, with a few of her own hives in her garden, but she wanted to help the honey bee population by creating a home for them on the roof of her business too. The company in Blackpool now sites an Omlet Beehaus, surrounded by flowers and a real hive of activity.

Although many of the people that work there are happy to help out with the bees there are a few that aren’t so happy about their arrival. Margaret said “one of our workers who used to smoke up on the flat roof but will not go up there now.”

The Omlet Team


Where and with who do you live?

I live in Brentford, West London, with husband, Andy, two children, James (10yrs) and Macy (7yrs), two cats and fish in the pond!

What made you decide to keep chickens?

As we began to learn more about our food and where it came from, we started to eat organic food and had a go at growing our own in the garden. I wanted to give chickens a try then Andy saw the Eglu at a design exhibition and a plan was ‘hatched’!

How many chickens do you have and what are their names?

Oooh, at the moment we have eight girls in an Eglu Cube: Auren, Ruby, Pearl, Butternut, Ascot, Linen, Maddy and Coucou. They are all different breeds and thankfully lay different coloured eggs, so we can tell who is laying each day. Linen (Light Sussex) lays a white egg and Pearl (Crested Cream Legbar) lays blue!

What’s your favourite thing about the Eglu?

The design is fantastic! It looks great, it’s easy to clean (there’s no bending with the Cube!), but the best thing is how safe it is… We’ve had London foxes crawling all over it and the girls inside are just fine!

What do you like doing when you’re not hosting hen parties?

I’d like to say relaxing in the garden with a country magazine, but there’s not much time for that! I love to bake with the eggs, make jams and chutneys from the kitchen garden (watch out for the Pick and Pickle course in September), I’m very involved in the local community and help organise events and festivals. I’m a school governor and a church leader and certainly believe in living life to the full! Then once a week, I write it up in my blog www.HenCorner.com

Why did you decide to become a hen party host?

If you want the truth… I used to demonstrate Tupperware! The Eglu is just a bit bigger…..

But seriously, the chickens have become such a part of our family life that the nick name for our home is ‘Hen Corner’. Friends and family are always interested and some of them have now gone on to keep chickens, so if we can help introduce others to chicken keeping, it’s got to be good all round, hasn’t it?

When was your first course and how did it go?

Our first course was in May ’10 and we felt it went well. We had some great people on it, some travelling quite far to be with us, and we slightly over ran on time due to all the questions! As we are based in London, we decided to run an early evening course, so that people could come straight from work, this was well received as weekends can be precious. We were thrilled with the reviews they gave us!

What do your courses include?

We start with drinks and something to eat, then we follow the course notes and include choosing breeds, chicken health, weekly and seasonal care, cleaning the Eglu, eggs and much more. We finish with questions over cake and everyone goes home with a goody bag, course notes and a certificate!

What’s the best thing about being a hen party host?

Our last course was special as it turned out to be a birthday surprise that Nick had bought for his wife, Sue. As a hen party host, I feel that I’m helping people begin an exciting new journey and look forward to my guests keeping me updated as they go one to have chickens of their own…

Why should people attend a course?

Attending a course gives you a first hand experience of keeping chickens from people who incorporate it into their every day life. Seeing an Eglu in a back garden, holding a chicken, helping to clean it out are great starting points as people decide whether to try it for themselves. It’s a small and easy step on what could be a fantastic adventure…. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

Example Review

“Sara & her husband hosted a great evening – it was fun, practical & informative, in fact we went well over the 1 1/2 time slot. We were offered the most delicious egg mayo on home baked rolls & Pimms, with Sara’s buttercream fairy cakes to finish, it was no wonder we all stayed! I had already got my Eglu in place at home, but not the Chickens, so I was quite tempted by some of her lovely pure breed chooks! It was hosted in the early evening which suited my friend & I very well, as free Saturday’s can get a bit precious.” By Karen


Schools break up today, wahey and lots of you will be jetting off on holiday for a week or two of fun in the sun. But if you’re staying at home here’s another newsletter to keep you hentertained…and when you see the details of our new competition you might just be glad you haven’t got plans for the next two months!

Clucky Winner

We had an amazing response to the Eglu Go competition, with hundreds of inspiring entries. There were poems and photos, tragic tales and pleas and some funny little stories along the way. It was a mammoth task to choose just one winner, but a decision had to be made..

So congratulations to Margaret Etzel. We hope you enjoy it!

For the rest of you don’t be too heartbroken, all is not lost…read on for your SECOND CHANCE TO WIN AN EGLU GO! With chickens too, and some celebrity status sprinkled on top…

Win an Eglu Go…Again!

Have you spotted the latest feature on the website yet? Along with the shop, club and guide pages, you will now find Omlet’s very own tv channel! It sneaked onto our screens a couple of weeks ago and has been creating a buzz ever since, so if you haven’t spotted it yet, click here to check it out. We have created a mini series about beekeeping, featuring the Beehaus itself, and the Omlet bee family. The Whittingtons were complete newbees to beekeeping, and you can follow their progress…

The more eggciting news is that we are now on the lookout for another family to take part in a chicken versian of this, so if you didn’t win last month’s competition, here is another opportunity for you to get a brand new Eglu Go plus chickens. Not only will you receive the best chicken house a bird could ask for along with our personal eggspertise, but you will be a tv star…just imagine! Think your family would be perfect for the role? Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your details, and ideally include a photo of you and your garden. The closing date for entries is next Wednesday 28th July, so be quick!

An Egg a Day…

We are a nation that loves eggs. Boiled, scrambled, poached or fried, it’s a favourite for us Brits. But we didn’t eggspect them to be even more popular in India…where restaurants are dedicating entire menus to the humble egg. That’s right, there are restaurants all over the country that are making eggs the focus of their food. In many of these places you won’t be able to find a single dish on the menu that does not contain eggs. How eggstraordinary!

Eggsunday is one of these popular outlets, located in a busy food court in Mumbai. Customers sit and watch as the chefs cook egg after egg (700 a day on average), and as well as the usual dishes of omelettes and egg biryani, there are some more unusual dishes on offer such as Spiceggsunday – a dish made from hard boiled eggs topped with hot sauteed vegetables. The best-selling dish is the Bomblette pav – a basic omelette filled with the owner’s secret masala. This is one we are very tempted to try, so we might just have to take a visit…purely for research.

Read the article from the Times of India by clicking here.

A Whole Lotta Honey

We know that bee numbers are in decline, but now there’s some good news for beekeepers. Rumour has it that this season will be great for honey production. Despite the fall in bee numbers, the cold winter and warm spring has caused our busy bees to work overtime and produce more honey. Most hives produce around 50lb of honey a season, but some farmers are harvesting three times as much.

Tim Lovett, of the British Beekeepers’ Association, said “It’s looking like the best harvest for at least five years…The cold winter has helped keep the number of parasites down… we have had a good spring, which has provided the bees with plenty of forage and nectar.”

This is good news for apiarists everywhere, so if you keep bees you might be enjoying lots of honey on toast for breakfast this Winter. Let’s hope you’ve got a sweet tooth!
Read the full article from the Daily Mail by clicking here.

Roll Up Roll Up

Schools are breaking up for the holidays today, so lucky kids everywhere will have six weeks of fun in the sun to look forward to. It’s not always so fun for Mums and Dads though, trying to think of ways to keep the little darlings hentertained for all that time. So here are some ideas:

The RHS Show at Tatton Park is currently running until this Sunday. This is a colourful show full of food, fun and flowers. See inspiring show gardens, eat some tasty grub and say hello to our chickens. Kids 16 and under go free and if you order tickets on the website you will save £5.00.

Also running until Sunday is the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall. Kids will love to have a go at all the activities on offer, from archery to quad biking to trampolining, plus there are some eggciting displays and loads of stalls.

The New Forest Show will be running from 27th – 29th July. This is a great show with displays from the Devil’s Horsemen, miniature horses and of course our brilliant chicken houses! Visit the website for more info.

And after all that fun why not chill out at the Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. This is a festival that’s suitable for all the family, with music from top artists, yummy food and loads of stalls, so come and say hello!

The Omlet Team


It’s another beautiful day but if you’re still fuming from England’s football failure we have a suggestion to help you take out your frustration: boil an egg, put it in an England Footballer Egg Cup, draw a Wayne Rooney face on it and…well, we’ll leave that to your imagination! Or another option – just read our latest newsletter to forget all about it…

Competition Results

England might have been knocked out of the World Cup but we still have something to celebrate because we can finally reveal the results of the omelette competition. Before all the football fever kicked off we asked you to send us your ideas for an omelette to represent one of the teams. We had some weird and wonderful ideas sent in – some more unusual than others and we shortlisted some to cook up and put to the taste test. The results were not as eggspected…

In third place was Sarah’s Greek omelette, with red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano. This classic combo tasted great as an omelette!

Coming in a close second was Michelle’s Spanish omelette, with olives, capers, anchovies, chorizo, manchego and tabasco. A fun recipe that was full of flavour and a perfect footie snack.

But pipping it to the number one spot was Emma’s American omelette…Now, the thought of eating eggs, bacon, bananas and maple syrup may make your stomach turn but this omelette was surprisingly scrumptious. Eggspectionally moreish – the plate was clean in seconds and we urge you to try it!

Click here to see the three omelettes being cooked. Prizes are on their way to the winners but a big thankyou to everyone that entered.

An Eglu in Paris

The Eglu is becoming more popular by the day, popping up in gardens everywhere and making chicken keeping a trendy hobby. It’s not just family gardens you’ll see them in though, we often get orders from schools and even the occasional restaurant, and if you’re lucky enough to be dining in Paris House anytime soon you might just spot a green Eglu Cube while you’re there.

Paris House isn’t a house in Paris but a top restaurant in Woburn, with eggsquisite food and a beautiful setting. There’s even a famous chef – Alan Murchison, star of the Great British Menu tv series. But despite all of this head chef Phil Fanning thought something was missing outside. He wanted chickens, and he needed a coop just as stylish as the building itself. Of course, he opted for the Eglu Cube, which he says has proved to be “a big hit with our chefs and guests”. He told us “We love our chickens they are great fun. The Omlet coop is brilliant, it makes the rubbish job of clearning them quite bearable.”

You can read what they have said about the Eglu by visiting their website, or why not treat yourself to dinner there to see it for yourself!?

Competition Reminder

It’s two weeks since we launched our latest competition to win an Eglu Go and you have sent you entries by the bucketload. Hundreds of you have emailed in to tell us why you want to win this amazing price and we have been slowly but surely trawling through them. There have been some eggcellent entries so far and we’ve still got over a week left of the competition – crikey! So if you missed it the first time round because you were too busy watching the football or enjoying the sunshine we will give you one more chance (because we’re just nice like that)!

If you want to win a fabulous Eglu Go, complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes just send us an email telling us why you want, or deserve, to win one. Simple! Send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 11th July. Good luck!

In the Press

Our products have been hitting the press again this month, with loads of brilliant comments and some rave reviews.

The Eglu has been discovered by the Trendspotter for The Financial Times Online. The article focused on the increasing popularity of keeping chickens during these difficult economic times. “…frugality is no longer a question of life or death, but there are important aesthetic considerations: any self-respecting bantam demands a stylish coop if it is expected to deliver the goods.”

In The Sunday Telegraph Martin Gurdon, author of Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, has been writing a regular column on keeping chickens. He also has a video blog called Chicken TV on the website “Think of it as a riposte to chick lit and Big Brother, but with more interesting characters, and you won’t be far wrong.”

Sainsbury’s Magazine has an article about the mix of city living and country life. Apparantly “a taste of rural life offers a chance to get away from it all” so there are more and more urbanites taking up hobbies like keeping chickens. Anneliese Rigby lives in South London with her husband, 5 cats and 2 hens. She first saw the Eglu when having dinner at a friends house and after tasting their eggs she decided to buy one herself. She says that watching her hens Margo and Barbara is “like a scene from a slapstick comedy”.

The Eglu also made appears in this month’s Which? Gardening magazine. Principal researcher Steve was asked to keep chickens for a year and record the progress for a feature. He had never thought of keeping chickens before so he chose an Eglu for ease. (Good choice.) It was an easier eggsperience than he had eggspected. Steve has calculated that over 40 weeks he has had around £150 worth of eggs, and his verdict was “I’ve enjoyed having hens in the garden and I’d definitely recommend them…They don’t take much work considering the reward of at least one tasty, fresh egg a day.”

And let’s not forget the bees…The Sunday Telegraph has launched the Bring Back Bees campaign to raise awareness of the decline in bee population. The article explains why we need bees – mainly because they are essential for growth of one third of our crops. You can help by sponsoring a beehive or making your garden bee friendly, or if you want to try keeping bees yourself the article suggests going on one of the Omlet beekeeping courses.

The Bugs and the Bees

And talking of bees, it’s no secret that bees are special little creatures; they pollinate our food, make tasty honey and they really are rather clever. But these bee-rilliant insects may just have gone one step further to impress us human beeings…it has been discovered that honey bees could help in the fight against the hospital bug MRSA. The sticky substance that bees make, propolis, has been found to stop the MRSA bacteria from growing. It has been tested on 15 strains of the bug and was effective against them all.

Although propolis has been used as a folk remedy for years this latest research could lead towards developing new antibiotics. And the reason for it being investigated was that it is already used as an antiseptic by bees to seal gaps between honeycombs and preserve their hives from contamination.

The Omlet Team


The longest day is almost here and we are all loving the eggstra hours of sunshine (hens included) and that’s not the only thing that’s great this month; June is all about fetes, food and football and everybody’s having fun. So here’s another newsletter to make your Friday even brighter, and if you don’t like the football you can save it to read later for a bit of peace and quiet.

Record Breaker

Think your chicken lays whoppers? Not compared to this one… A six month old hen called Harriet has just laid a record breaking egg with a circumference of 23.1cm and 11.4cm in length. The typical circumference of a chicken egg is 14cm, so this is a bit of a giant in comparison.

Poor Harriet had only just started laying when she produced the egg, and although she limped a bit afterwards her owner, Tony Barbouti, said it didn’t put her off laying again. Mr Barbouti has been keeping hen for 30 years and said “My hens have laid big egg before but when I saw this one I was gobsmacked.” Unfortunately, the pet boxer Bodie soon broke another record by nudging the egg and cracking it while it was in position for its photo shoot.

Although this is the biggest egg on record, amazingly it is nowhere near the heaviest. In fact at 162g it is less than half the weight of the world record holder – a double yolked, double shelled phenomenom of 456g. Eggstraordinary!

Win an Eglu Go!

Have you always fancied keeping a few chickens in your garden? Do you dream of having a beautifully bright, designer coop in your garden? Can you think of nothing better than pottering outside each morning to collect fresh eggs for your brekkie? If the answer is yes, yes, yes then you are going to be flapping your feathers with eggcitement at this month’s competition…we’re giving you the chance to win an Eglu Go!

Now calm yourselves ladies and gents, take a breath and read what it is you have to do. It’s simple really, just tell us why you want to get your hands on an Eglu Go. Whoever we think deserves it most will receive an Eglu Go complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes. Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk before Sunday 11th July and you could be collecting the tastiest eggs before you know it!

England Egg Cup

We eggspect one or two of you might be spending this evening sitting on the sofa and watching the screen, because, as if we need to mention, England will be playing their second World Cup match. It’s great to support the team, but besides the football shirts and vuvuzelas how else will you be showing your patriotism? With this egg cup of course!

Perfect for the football fanatic this England footballer egg cup will strike up a conversation at the breakfast table. Draw a face on your egg to turn it into your favourite player and have a kick about every morning. What better way to start the day? We’ve even sent a set of these egg cups to the England team to wish them good cluck!

If we lose miserably you can always hide it in the cupboard in shame until 2014!

There is limited availability on these so if you want one grab it quick for £4.50!

Lewis’ Chicks

Omlet fan Lewis recently got in touch to let us know the latest in his world of chickens. He knows it all when it comes to hatching and rearing and lately he has been busy looking after a new litter. It looks like he has his hands full with seven gorgeous little chicks but there is a duckling too! One of his broody hens stole a duck egg and looked after it until it hatched.

We just had to share this photo with you. The new arrival, Orville, is definitely no ugly duckling, in fact he is such a looker he could have just stepped off an Easter card.

Unfortunately there isn’t enough room to show you all the photos of Lewis’ adorable chicks but you can watch them on his youtube video by clicking here. And if you are now feeling broody and you want to try hatching some eggs you can read his brilliant guide here.

Stop the Press!

News just in from Gardeners World Live… Quin has just been interviewed for BBC West Midlands Radio from the Omlet stand. He was asked all about the Eglu and he managed to get someone to take a snap of his moment of fame. We don’t know when it’ll be broadcasted yet so make sure you keep an ear out! And if you want to check out the Eglu you can visit us at the show until Sunday.

The Omlet Team

P.S. It’s Father’s Day this Sunday so don’t forget to treat your Dad to breakfast in bed!

P.P.S. The omelette competition has now closed and we have shortlisted our favourite recipes…the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter!


According to the met office summer has officially started and this year there are new promises of a scorching bbq summer, hooray! Bees are busy pollinating, chickens are dustbathing and people are picnicing – happy days. So in this newsletter you’ll find some products perfect for taking on a picnic, a super summer recipe and an update on this season’s shows. Enjoy!

Competition Reminder

There’s still time to enter our latest competition and it’s so easy you might as well give it a go. With the World Cup kicking off this month we want to find the perfect football inspired omelette. All you need to do is come up with an idea for an omelette to represent one of the participating countries. We don’t eggspect you to cook the omelette or even write a recipe, just send us your basic idea.

We will shortlist our favourites to cook up and put to the taste test and the winner will receive an eggciting prize…£25 to spend in the online shop, plus a selection of goodies that will help you cook your award winning dish.

Just send your idea to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June. Don’t be shy!

Bill’s Bad Beekeeping

Most of you will recognise Bill Turnball as the face of the BBC Breakfast Show, but more recently he has had the nation buzzing for a very different reason – his beekeeping experience. After 10 seasons of keeping bees he is quick to admit that he is no professional and has had his fair share of problems (killing three queens is just one of them), but he finds the hobby calming and even theraputic.

Bill was first intrigued by bees when a swarm was retrieved from his garden, and soon after his daughter pointed out a sign for beekeeping classes. He said “it was the challenge that appealed”…and 10 years on he has experienced the ups and downs of this challenge; “When it’s going well it’s great, when it’s not going well it’s very frustrating.” Despite his haphazard method to beekeeping he has been made the President of Northen Ireland Beekeepers and as part of the BBKA campaign he will be out and about spreading the word this summer.

If you have been inspired by Bill and you too like the appeal of a challenge as much as he did, why not go on a beekeeping course? We have a whole bunch of beekeepers that are happy to help, with courses all over the country, so visit the course page to fine one near you.

Calling all Crafters

A couple of months ago we let you in on our idea of starting a crafts section of the website. This will be a whole section dedicated to handmade items, made by people like you – how eggciting! We know that there are loads of you that are very hendy when it comes to making things and this is your opportunity to sell your stuff on our website. Cool, eh? The problem is there hasn’t been a great deal of interest from you, and we reckon it’s because you’re unsure if your items would be right for us.

Well it’s time to open up. Don’t be shy. Just show us your ideas. Whether it’s something traditional or totally whacky that you create we want to see it. So email stephanie@omlet.co.uk about your hendywork and send a photo if you can. You could be a hentrepreneur before you know it!

Shows

The Omlet tour is in full swing now and we will be eggsibiting at loads of shows over the next few months, so here are a few dates for your diary:

The Royal Bath and West Show – tomorrow is the last day so why not go and take a peek? There are over 600 stands to browse, the UK’s biggest cider competition and some of the finest animals in the country. We will be there too so that’s a great reason to come along!

BBC Gardener’s World Live this fabulous show runs from 16th – 20th June and if you’ve never been before it is definitely worth a visit. This year you can book a place on a floristry masterclass, get new plants without spending a penny in the plant swap, and pop over to the Good Food Show for something to eat when you’re eggsausted, because you’re ticket can be used for both events.

The Three Counties Show – this one is fun for all the family so why not get yourselves down to the Malvern Showground between 18th – 20th June for a great day out? See the prettiest pigs in England, watch food and drink demonstrations, or for some real eggcitement there’s the Red Devils parachute display. Be sure to see the Eglu too!

iMac for Chickens

Remember that comparison between the Eglu and the iMac back in the day? Well it’s here again, purely by coincidence this time. We had an email from Chris, sending us a photo of his piece of art which happened to feature an iMac with eggs inside. You probably can’t see from the picture but the keyboard spells out ‘chicken’ and ‘egg’ too. So why had he come up with this eggstraordinary piece? Because the Scottish artist simply likes to do ‘quirky stuff’. He said ‘birds that have such character can’t be eggnored’. We eggree!

Have you been inspired by your pet chickens? If you’ve eggsperimented with chicken art why not send us a pic? It could be in a newsletter! Send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Our range of Pocket Gardens are now all reduced to half price due to being close to or having reached expiry.


The sun is shining and this weekend is set to be an absolute scorcher. We eggspect the whole of Britain will be firing up the barbie and enjoying a few cold drinks, but don’t forget your pets during this heatwave. It is important that animals have access to fresh water and it is a good idea to give them a sheltered spot so they can escape from the heat.

Now that the advice is over why not start the weekend as you mean to go on, with some fun and frolics from Omlet…

Rabbit Results

Last month we launched a rabbitastic competition in support of Rabbit Awareness Week, giving you the chance to show off your beautiful bunnies in return for some brilliant prizes. The Omlet inbox was full to the brim with fantastic photos, ranging from pretty pets to quirky characters, and we enjoyed looking at them all. It was a tricky decision to make but we decided on three very deserved winners…

In third place was Jayne’s photo of her rabbit Chip who is five years old and very happy to pose for the camera.

Second place went to Keith for his perfect picture of his pet Terrance holding a dandelion.

But the medal for best bunny photo just had to be awarded to a picture we never thought we would see. Sent in by Harriet (6) and Jack (3), this photo shows Misty, Aslan and Snowy celebrating Aslan’s 6th birthday. They were treated to a yummy cake made of bread, carrot and parsley with wild pink flowers…lucky bunnies. We wonder if they played any party games like Pass the Parsnip.

Thankyou to everyone that entered – it’s great to see you are proud of your pets!

Coming Soon

The Omlet shop is full of eggstraordinary gifts as well as bits and bobs that you won’t find anywhere else. Yes, our range of egg cups is eggstensive, but we have a cracking range of all sorts of kitchenware, including some amazing mugs that are perfect for your morning coffee or your afternoon tea. We have some eggsclusive news for you…rumour has it that there are going to be some new additions to the collection of mugs, arriving in the next few weeks. We are sure they will cause a bit of a buzz and eggcitement with any of you that love chickens or bees.

That’s all we can say for now so keep an eye out…

Adopt a Beehive

Bees have been in the headlines again this week, with the population of the honeybee on the decline again. The good news is that since the launch of the Beehaus the number of newbee beekeepers has increased, and loads of people are doing their bit to help the humble honeybee. However, we had no control over the British weather, and the cold temperatures are not what we need to get bees buzzing. Throw in a disease that has been affecting the fittest and most able of bees and we’ve been left with a very sticky situation indeed.

If you don’t want to take the plunge into beekeeping yourself there are still other ways you can help to save the bees. Growing bee friendly flowers is one step you can take. Another idea is to adopt a beehive. Sponsored by Saga magazine, this is a great way of showing your support, helping the environment and getting a little something in return. You won’t have the responsibility of taking care of a colony of bees yourself, but the money you pay will go towards funding vital research into honeybee health and help to educate beekeepers. You’ll even get a jar of honey from your adopted hive. Like the sound of it? Click here to find out more.

Eggspensive Omelette

Being eggsperts in the field of eggs we know a thing or two about omelettes, so we were shocked to hear of one restaurant serving a very eggspensive version of the classic dish. The Boisdale resturant in London is offering an eggslusive omelette on their menu for a whopping £90! So why the big price tag for this usually ‘cheep’ lunch? Well, the ingredients are somewhat eggstravagant. The eggs come from the Black-Headed Gull and can only be gathered for six weeks a year, by licensed collectors. Add these to some eggsquisite Scottish lobster and crab, fresh English asparagus and Italian truffles and you’re almost there. Then there’s just the dash of champagne.

Although it might sound eggstreme to splash out almost £100 for an omelette apparantly city workers have been more than happy to try it. Click here to read the full story.

New Competition

Talking of omelettes, if you think you could create a cracking one you are going to love our latest competition. With the World Cup fast appoaching it is the perfect time to plan some tasty snacks for eating when watching the games, and what better dish to indulge in than a quick and easy omelette?

We want you to design an omelette that represents one of the football teams in this year’s world cup. How about a fish and chip omelette for England? Or frogs legs for France? We’re sure you can think of some more original ideas than these…with, hopefully, some tasty results. Send us your omelette idea and we will shortlist our favourite 10 to cook up and put to the taste test.

We will have a gallery of the best omelettes and the winner will receive a prize package that is perfect for cooking up the award winning dish. Just send your omelette design tostephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Did you see the Beehaus on BBC London news? There was a story on keeping bees and some of the Omlet team were interviewed on a rooftop in London. They were asked how popular urban beekeeping had beecome, and thanks to the Beehaus the answer was LOADS! Click here to watch the news clip!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!


You may be surprised to see there isn’t a single chicken in this newsletter…it’s all rabbit rabbit rabbit! Why? Because bunnies are brilliant and in light of Rabbit Awareness Week we thought they deserved to be in the spotlight for a change. So whether you are a fan of fur or feathers we hope you enjoy this week’s fun and frolics!

Rabbit Awareness Week

Did you know that rabbits are the third most popular pet in Britain? There are between 1.6 – 2 million pet rabbits in the UK today, and it’s no wonder, with their adorable appearance and sweet natured temperament. But sometimes bunnies can be neglected, which is why the Rabbit Awareness Week is launched every year, to help us give our full attention to our pets.

RAW is running from 26th April to 2nd May this year, and there are loads of great things going on. Vets around Britain are offering free health checks for rabbits and there is lots of advice on the website about feeding your pets properly. If you think you’ve got a beautiful bunny you can enter a photo into the RAW gallery and it might be crowned the face of 2010. Visit the website for more info.

What better time to give your rabbit an MOT and some TLC!?

Biggest Bunny

Think your bunny’s big? Take a look at his one! At a staggering 4′ 3” and 3st 7lb Darius has just broken the world record for the largest rabbit. The continental giant breed comes from a family of extra big rabbits and his mother and grandmother held the previous records.

So what’s the secret to owner Annette’s success in breeding record breaking bunnies? She vows “there really isn’t one, other than just treating them well and looking after them”. Darius gets lots of exercise and has a good diet. A BIG diet, in fact, including 12 carrots, 3 apples, 2 bowls of rabbit food and a cabbage each day. Oh, and lots of hay to snack on between meals.

You’d think Darius couldn’t possibly grow anymore wouldn’t you!? But at 13 months old he is expected to have another 6 months of growth left. Crikey! We just don’t think we have an Eglu big enough for this bunny…

Rabbit Obesity

From giant bunnies to giant tummies. You’d think it would be simple to feed a rabbit, wouldn’t you!? Well, according to rabbit experts 80% of pet bunnies aren’t fed the right diet. Most people know that rabbits need fibre in their diet, but not many realise that it is two kinds of fibre they need to keep their digestive systems busy. Indigestible fibre is the kind you see come out as hard droppings, and digestible fibre is moved around before emerging as sticky droppings and then re-eaten to extract nutrition. Rabbits can get very poorly if not given the right amount of both.

There are lots of great rabbit foods available that will give your pets the fibre and nutrients they need, and one option is the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan. Burgess has worked with leading vets to produce the ideal diet for bunnies, which includes herbage, tasty nuggets, nature snacks and a supply of fresh greens and water. You can read the plan and buy the food by visiting the website.

It’s good to feed your rabbit a small amount of fresh fruit and veg such as apples, cabbage, grapes and turnip, but bunnies tummies do not agree with potato, rhubarb, beans or avocados.

You can win some brilliant Burgess food by entering this month’s competition…

Snap Happy

Rabbit Awareness Week are running a competition to find the faces of RAW 2010 which is a great chance for your rabbits to show off their good looks. We don’t think rabbits get enough credit for their appearance so we have decided to run our own competition too. Every bunny is beautiful and they deserve to be admired so we want you to take a snap and send it to us. The best three photos will win some fantastic prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Send your photos to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 9th May. And it’s not just pretty pets we are looking for – any rabbit that makes us smile could be a winner!

Peter Rabbit

A lot of our products on the online shop are aimed at chicken keepers and we realise that those of you that are bonkers about bunnies may have felt neglected recently. That’s why we are so proud to present our brand new range of Peter Rabbit paraphernalia, that rabbit owners everywhere will love. Peter is undoubtedly the most famous rabbit in history so we thought he deserved a place in the wonderful world of Omlet.

You’ll find bookmarks, bags and bibs, along with some other great gifts that we think anyone would be hoppy to receive. Click here to see the full selection.

Shows

After the success of the Ideal Home Show, Omlet have another string of shows coming up shortly. Our next stop is Grand Designs Live, at London’s ExCel. This runs from May 1st to 9th and it is always a popular choice with anyone interested in home and garden design. You can find us on stand G108. Visit the website for more info.

We will also be at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show from May 6th – 9th. Great for budding gardeners, this is the place to find show gardens to inspire and excite. There’ll be talks and demonstrations to give great gardening advice and lots of stalls to buy goodies for the garden. We will be there too so come along and say hello.

The rabbit eglu will be on display at both shows so if you are thinking about keeping rabbits or you want to treat your pet bunnies to some new accommodation you can have a good old look at it and ask us any questions you might have.

The Omlet Team

P.S. The winner of the decorate an egg competition will be announced in the next newsletter.

P.P.S. We are still looking for homemade items to sell in our shop – email stephanie@omlet.co.uk for more info.


We hope you all had a Happy Easter and stuffed yourself silly with chocolate! The Bank Holiday is over but the sun is shining and the weekend is here so there’s lots to be happy about. And here’s a joke to start you off…

Q) Why did the chicken go to the library? A) To check out a bawk, bawk, bawk!

If you’ve got a better joke (that won’t be hard) send it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

Win Win Win!

In the last newsletter we announced our latest competition. We haven’t received many entries yet and the only thing we can put it down to is that children everywhere are just too busy eating chocolate to give it a go. Come on kids, you must have finished your eggs by now, and we know you’ve still got a week off school so there’s really no eggscuse not to enter. In case you missed it, the challenge is to decorate an egg. Simple, eh!? Let your imagination run wild and decorate your egg however you like. Kennedy grew cress from hers to create one very crazy egg indeed!

Send a photo of your amazing egg to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win a £25 voucher to spend in the online shop. The closing date is April 16th and the competition is open to grown up kids too!

Books that Buzz

Now that Spring has sprung and the British weather is starting to warm up, it is the perfect time to start keeping bees. And if you are planning to start this fascinating and rewarding hobby we have got a bee-rilliant range of books available to help you along the way. Whether you are a complete beeginner and you want to know the basics, or you have some experience but want to learn about breeding or making your own honey wine, we have a book to suit everyone.

Click here to visit the library now.

The Chicken Man

Anyone that reads the Observer might have noticed an eggstraordinary article in the magazine recently. The Eglu, chickens and Alex Horne were spread across four pages of the mag, for a very hentertaining read about keeping hens. Alex went from stand up comedian to chicken man in a few months and this article tells all about his journey from novice to bird obsessive.

He decided to keep chickens after his wife suggested it, and it wasn’t long before he came across Omlet on the internet, saying “Omlet’s iconic Eglu chicken house design looked so (yes, I’m going to use the word) hip that I was sure my impulsive decision was a good one”. He wasn’t disappointed with his decision, and after watching the new arrivals shake their booties for a while he named them Beyonce and Shakira. Alex soon became Mother Hen to the pair and was devoted, but that was not the end of it…

To read the whole of Alex’s story click here.

Feeling Crafty

The Omlet shop is full of eggciting and eggstraordinary gifts and gadgets but we are about to launch a brand new category of handmade crafts and we need your help. There are already a few handmade goodies available, but we want to give you the chance to add your own creations to the collection.

If you have crafty fingers and have something you think we could sell on our shop just contact stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Send a photo and description of your creation and we will get in touch. If you prefer to send a sample of your product you can – just send to Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Don’t be shy – anything goes!

Design Museum

You might remember us mentioning that the Beehaus had been nominated for the Brit Insurance Design of the Year award, a few weeks ago. It was a great achievement to bee nominated, but unfortunately we didn’t quite make it to the top this time. Min–Kyu Choi was crowned the overall winner for his innovative design of a folding plug. (You never know when you might need one of those.)

The good news is that the Beehaus is still on display at the Design Museum until October 31st. This is an exciting exhibition showcasing all the award nominees and anyone with a passion for design and technology will find it fascinating. For more information please visit the website.

The even better news is that we have two exhibition tickets to give away. Just answer this simple question for your chance to win the pair: Which five colours is the Beehaus available in? Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by April 16th. Good luck!

The Omlet Team

P.S. If you want to learn more about beekeeping why not go on a course? They’re running all over the country, so click here to find one near you!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!

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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 10th December 2010

Although today’s weather seems positively tropical compared to the last couple of weeks, the weatherman says it’s going to get truly chilly again next week. The odd’s of having a white Christmas are going up and the the 25th is looming ever closer, so this week’s newsletter is full of fun and festivities. So on with the snow…

Let it Snow

With November turning out to be the coldest on record for some parts of Britain, and December showing no signs of change there has been snow chaos everywhere. (Well, everywhere apart from Omlet HQ, it seems.) Although many people have suffered due to the eggstreme weather, stuck in cars, slipping on pavements and not being able to get to work or school, it’s great to see that chicken owners are still in good spirit, sending us photos of their Eglu – turned – Igloo. The cold weather can be a worry for chicken keepers, but hens that are treated to the luxury of an Eglu will be snug inside their home due to the modern twin-walled insulation. With the help of a Winter Shade they will be able to frolic in their run too, while keeping nice and dry. We offer Winter Shades for the Eglu Classic, Eglu Cube and Eglu Go. At £19.98 each they are great value and make a perfect early Christmas present for your chickens.

If your chickens are finding the cold weather a bit too much and they’re getting the sniffles our Winter Health Pack should do the trick. With chicken spice, poultry vinegar, comb and wattle protector and citricidal it will keep them in tip-top condition whatever the weather. And if you’re suffering with the cold why not treat yourself to one of our Chicken Poop Lip Balms!? They’ll keep your lips soft and protected through the harshest weather, and they are ideal for stocking fillers.

Capital Bee

Christmas isn’t all about the chickens, this month we are thinking about bees too. The buzzing insects are often forgotten over Winter because we don’t see them flying about, especially when it’s as cold as this, but just because they’re not making much of a public appearance it doesn’t mean they aren’t still important. Don’t beelive us? Remember this fact when you’re eating your Christmas dinner: one in every three mouthfuls of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination. So in order for us to continue to produce enough food we really do need the help of the humble bee, all year round.

That’s why we’re supporting Capital Bee, the campaign for community beekeeping in London. Capital Bee promotes community-run beekeeping and campaigns for a bee-friendly city. It is part of Capital Growth, a campaign for 2012 new food growing spaces in London by 2012. As part of this campaign we will bee at the London Bee Summit on Thursday 16th December, at the Southbank Centre. There will be organisations that work with bees talking about what’s happening to the honey bee and what Londoners can do to help. There will also be time to debate, the chance to sample some local honey and display of beekeeping equipment, including the Beehaus. So if you are a beekeeper or you are thinking about keeping bees yourself or through an organisation, why not join in? Visit the website to book your place now!

Winner of Restaurant Competition

You may remember our Spot the Difference competition a while ago, with the fantastic prize of a meal for two at one of England’s finest restaurants. Well, the lucky winner of that prize was Sue Goddard, who was thrilled to hear she had won. She shared the prize with her husband and they chose to eat at L’ortolan restaurant in Reading. They were treated to smoked haddock with curried cauliflower and crispy hen’s egg, followed by slow cooked shoulder of pork with crushed celeriac, finished with majari chocolate tart with blackberries – all washed down with some champagne. Sue and Grant had a wonderful time and they have vowed to enter more competitions from now on.

Christmas Crossword

Speaking of competitions, it’s time for another so if you fancy your chances of winning a great prize, like Sue, read on. Our Christmas Crossword has beecome a bit of a tradition over the last few years and we think it’s perfect to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Plus, you could win a very tasty treat for your efforts. Just use the clues to fill in the crossword and then use the highlighted letters to find our secret Christmas message. Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win. All the correct entries will go into Santa’s sack and the Omlet elves will pull out eight names. Five will win a mini luxury Christmas Pud and three will win a full sized version. These delicious delights are handmade locally and taste tonnes better than supermarket puds…perfect if you just haven’t had the time or energy to make one yourself! Please get your entries in by Thursday 16th December so our elves have
plenty of time to pack up the puds and send them to you before Christmas.

Across
1) Wrapped up with string (6)
5) For the top of the tree (5)
8) Hung up in the hope of gifts (8)
9) Goes well with a mince pie (6)
10) For naughty children (4)
11) We’ve seen a lot of it lately (4)

Down
2) Yuletide drink for hen keepers (6)
3) On every hen’s wish list (4,2)
4) Traditional roast (6)
6) Love it or hate it, it’s part of Christmas (6)
7) Might just get you a kiss (9)
8) Everone’s least favourite Christmas food (7)

From the Omlet Team

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