Ding Dong merrily on high, it’s just one month ’til Christmas. Ding dong verily the sky, it’s time to start your shopping. It’s just as well we’re offering free uk delivery on orders over £50 until Christmas Eve then, don’t you think!? (Whether you’re a fan of carols or not.)
Check out our marvellous range of gorgeous gifts for all the family, including the pets (have you seen the Rudolph Reindeer Hamster Bed?), and get your goods delivered free. We have a few suggestions further down, along with naughty Eggnog and Mince Pie recipes and some top tips for looking after your hens this winter.
If you’re not feeling festive yet, we hope you will be when you’ve finished reading.
The countdown begins…
Keep Hens Healthy this Winter
Winter can be a tough time for hens, but with a few simple steps, you can make sure that your pets are happy and healthy for the next few months.
Give your coop a Winter Clean. Clean it well, dry it thoroughly, before sprinkling with Red Mite Powder. Hens will spend more time in the coop over winter, so they will need cleaning out more regularly.
Check their water twice a day. When temperatures plummet, the water may freeze, so you may want to buy an extra Glug to swap over. If you have a ground-standing drinker, you can buy a heater that will prevent the water from freezing.
Don’t give too many treats. It may be nearly Christmas, but you should continue feeding your hens their usual feed. Make up a porridge by soaking pellets or mash in very hot water and leaving to cool slightly for a warming breakfast.
Wrap up your Eglu. Not in gift-wrap, but with an Extreme Temperature Jacket. This isn’t essential, but it will give extra insulation in freezing temperatures. A Heavy Duty Cover on the run will provide extra shelter too.
Slather on the protection. A layer of Petroleum Jelly or Comb and Wattle Protector will keep combs and wattles protected from the icy weather, and some Chicken Poop Lip Balm will be perfect for you.
Bees Could Detect Early Stages of Cancer
Bees are fascinating insects with amazing capabilities for such tiny creatures. We all know that they can do the waggle dance and make honey, but now a new discovery has been made, and it’s bee-rilliant. Honey Bees may be able to detect early-stage cancers in humans. Signs of tuberculosis, lung cancer, skin cancer and diabetes, which can be detected through smell, are present on a patient’s breath, and thanks to an incredible sense of smell, bees can detect these odors.
Following this discovery, a Portuguese designer has developed a glass device to use honey bees and a patient’s breath for diagnosis. The glass object has two chambers, one that the patient breathes into and one where trained bees are kept. If the bees detect the odor they where trained to pinpoint, they’ll rush into the chamber where the breath is.
Just like training a dog, the cancer-detecting bees are trained by being exposed to the smell and then rewarded with a treat (sugar). If properly trained, the bees have been said to be very accurate in early medical diagnosis. Now, we think that is rather exciting!
Eggnog and Mince Pies
Get in the Christmas spirit and whip up some indulgent festive treats. Eggnog is a delicious drink to make with any extra eggs, and a few scrummy mince pies on the side will always go down nicely.
Place 2 pints of whole milk, 50g of caster sugar, 6 beaten eggs and 1 split vanilla pod in a pan and heat, gently, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil!
Allow to cool, then place in the fridge to cool completely. Divide 200ml of brandy between 8 small glasses and top up with the egg mixture. Dust with cocoa powder to serve.
Mini Mince Pies Recipe
Rub 225g cold, diced butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball and knead it briefly. Cover and chill for an hour.
Roll out your pastry to 5mm and using a fluted 5cm pastry cutter, cut out your bases. Cut out the lids with a small star cutter. Place the bases into a mini muffin tin and fill each one with ½ teaspoon of mincemeat. Put the star on top and finish with beaten egg. Mix 1 heaped tablespoon of sugar with a ¼ tsp of mixed spice and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the mince pies. (It will make around 50 pies.)
Bake at 190C for 11-12 minutes until golden brown.
10% off Advent Calendars
We’re counting down the days until we can open the first door on our Advent Calendars. It’s a great excuse to have a mouthful of yumminess every morning, and a reminder of how many days are left before Christmas.
Haven’t bought the kids a calendar yet? Keep calm, there’s still time, and this week we’ve knocked 10% off two charming choices. Choose the wonderfully jolly Santa Claus wooden calendar, with 24 pull-out drawers that can be filled with tiny toys and treats. He will stand up wherever you like, doubling as a delightful decoration too. Or, go for the fabulous Snow Friends fabric calendar. This will hang on your child’s door or wall, and they will love opening each little santa sack to discover the goodies that you’ve hidden.
Buy the Santa Claus Advent Calendar for £18.90 (was £21.00)
Buy the Snow Friends Advent Calendar for £13.45 (was £14.95)
Facebook Post and Tweet of the Week
This week’s top Facebook Post:
“Hi Omlet, here is one of our girls in wellies – she is getting prepared for winter!” (Pete and Becky’s Smallholding)
This Facebook post gave us a giggle – and an idea for our next Omlet product design. This hen just needs a High-Vis Jacket and she will be ready for anything.
This week’s Top Tweet:
“@omlet the rabbit likes the mat!” (@tommyr82)
This week’s TOTW comes from rabbit owner Tom. His visitors must have a terrible fright, because that is one tough looking guard rabbit.
Good news for other rabbit owners – the Beware of the Bunnies Doormat is currently half price, at just £12.50.
Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter to join in the fun and frolics!
Festive Favourite Gift Ideas!
Santa Egg Cup and Toast Cutter Set – Have an eggstra special breakfast this Christmas. Turn your egg into Santa Claus, make tiny toast trees to dunk in and bellow a mighty ho ho ho with every mouthful!
Buy today for just £6.99
Scrabble Espresso Set – Treat your favourite Scrabble fan to this awesome espresso set and you’re bound to score points. The four porcelain cups and saucers spell ‘Café’ and it will certainly hit the spot for coffee addicts.
An espressoly good gift for £21.00
Disco Biscuits Posable Cutter – Set the mirror ball going and get your groove on while you bake! This posable cutter allows you to create biscuit divas doing different dance moves so that you can put together your own, edible, dance troop.
Have a disco for just £7.50