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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 29th November 2013

 

Hello,

It’s Black Friday and that can only mean one thing – a day of eggstraordinary offers!

Until Midnight tonight, we have got the following speggtacular deals, eggsclusive to US customers:

$100 off Eglu Cubes – now from $1,400 (includes pre-order Cubes)

$50 off Eglu Gos – now from $245

$25 off Qute Hamster and Gerbil Cage – now $124 (excluding Qute with Storage)

Half Price Egg Cups – now from $2.99

Free Delivery on all orders over $150

Hurry, because these offers are valid today only!

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This entry was posted in Promotions on November 29th, 2013 by admin


Omlet Newsletter – Monday, 25th November 2013

Hello,

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.

Eggnog Recipe

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

Happy shopping!

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on November 25th, 2013 by admin


Omlet Newsletter – Monday, 11th November 2013

Hello,

With halloween a distant memory, bonfires burnt out and just over 6 weeks to go until December the 25th, we think it’s safe for us to mention Christmas. After all, mince pies seem to have been stocking the supermarket shelves since September.

Don’t panic, we won’t go too festive on you just yet, but if you are feeling in the Christmas spirit you may want to take a peek at our fabulous gift ideas for all the family. With new products being added daily, you’ll be able to get a head start on the shopping, even for those that are impossible to buy for.

We may not be able to help you with the wrapping, but we can deliver it to your door, and, better than that, we will do it for FREE! That’s right, spend £50 and get free UK delivery until Christmas eve.

Happy early Christmas!


World Egg Day Prize Delivery

It’s been eggsactly a month since World Egg Day and our fantastic competition. There were over 4000 entries, but Janet Cook was the lucky winner of the impressive prize bundle. She was so excited that she needed a few weeks to calm down before we delivered her prize, but, luckily, she chose the perfect day for the arrival of her new hens.

We delivered Janet’s prize to a very sunny Kidderminster on Thursday, and after several trips carting a LOT of crisps, cereal, and chickens from the van, we assembled her shiny new Eglu Go. The new hens were keen to eggsplore their home, but they were happy to pose for a quick photo before moving in.

Janet and her partner, Terry, were eggstremely happy with their prizes and they couldn’t believe how lucky they had been. Jan tells us that the new additions have settled in well, and she will keep us updated with photos. What we want to know is if all the crisps have been eaten yet…


Omlet’s Donation to the BHWT

Janet wasn’t the only big winner of the World Egg Day competition, and while she was taking delivery of a tower of Tyrells, the British Hen Welfare Trust welcomed the arrival of an enormous cheque.

Omlet donated 10p for every competition entry to the BHWT, totalling a fantastic sum of £412.90. So, your participation really made a difference. They were thrilled with the donation, and it will go towards re-homing commercial laying hens, educating the public on making a difference to hen welfare and encouraging support for the British egg industry.

Jane Howorth, Founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust said: ‘We were really pleased to be part of the World Egg Day promotion and are delighted to be presented with a cheque from our friends at Omlet for £412.90. It’s always good to be working in partnership with Omlet, who have been big supporters of the BHWT for many years’.


Chicken Jackets are Stars of the Show

It’s official – Chicken Jackets are this season’s must-have pet product!

Since the launch of the High-Vis Chicken Jacket last month, there have been articles in major newspapers, lots of radio interviews and even appearances of the jackets on Thai TV. We were a little surprised to spot our hen on page 3 of the Sun following it’s launch – not the kind of hot chick one might eggspect from that paper, and the highlight last month, perhaps, was the jacket’s starring moment on Have I Got News for You.

The High-Vis is certainly popular, but there’s a new chicken eggcessory that’s causing quite a stir too…the Tweed Chicken Jacket. Not only do these stylish little numbers look the part, but they will keep your pets warm and snug when free-ranging on chilly days. You can’t get the wellies to match just yet, but we think hens will love a winter wander with their new finery.

Read more about the High-Vis Jacket here and click here to check out the wardrobe of little tweed numbers.

A Visit from the Discovery Channel

We’ve got to admit, we never thought a film crew from the Discovery Channel would be firing up the cameras around Omlet HQ, but that is exactly what happened last Thursday. Famous for programmes on science and nature, they were very much interested in the poultry, but their main reason for visiting was actually the High-Vis Chicken Jacket. All the way from Canada, these guys had heard about our latest product and they were keen to feature it in one of their programmes.

The cameras spent several hours in sunny Oxfordshire, looking at the design and development of the Jacket, and visiting customers and their hens to see the full High-Vis effect, and we can’t wait to see the final edit. We’ll keep you posted about the programme when we know more. The must-see of the year, surely!?

 

Winners of the Pumpkin Carving Competition

Halloween may have been last month, but these pumpkins are enough to scare you all year round. Ok, the chicken and snail by Tracey aren’t too terrifying (we chose this entry as our runner up because the creativity is genius), but Paul’s spider pumpkin is a real spine-tingler. Who knew carrots could be so creepy!? Complete with jointed legs, glowing eyes and ferocious fangs, this pumpkin is so petrifying that it just had to be awarded the winner of the 2013 carving competition.

Luckily, Paul didn’t spend his £100 Omlet voucher on anything too frightening. He just stocked up on lots of food for his pet rabbit. (No, we didn’t have him down as a such a softie either.)

 

Beautiful Tableware to Brighten your Day!

Beasties Mug – Mr Stag – There’s nothing beastly about this beastie. In fact, he’s really rather a handsome fella, and anyone would be proud to have him on display in their kitchen.
Buy today for just £6.95

Spiral Espresso Set – Remember the good old days of the Spirograph? Bring back those fond memories with this stylish espresso set. Just be careful though – we don’t want your caffeine habit spiralling out of control.
A spirally good gift for £21.50

Forest Friends Egg Cup Set – Looking for some new breakfast buddies? These forest friends are fanatic about eggs and a brilliant bunch to have around the dining table.
Not too ‘deer’ at just £14.00

Happy shopping!

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on November 11th, 2013 by admin


Omlet Newsletter – Tuesday, 5th November 2013


Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember remember the 5th of November – the day we launched the Egg Ramp in yolk yellow. As bright as a firework and as clever as a regular Egg Ramp, this new kitchen accessory is a must-have for every chicken keeper, baker and candlestick maker. What’s more, for every Yellow Egg Ramp sale, Omlet will donate £1 to the British Hen Welfare Trust, a wonderful charity that’s close to our hearts.

The BHWT is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Omlet have supported this organisation for several years, and we are eggcited to be helping them help hundreds of hens.

Jane Howorth, Founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust said: ‘It’s always good to be working in partnership with Omlet, who have been big supporters of the BHWT for many years.’

So, store your eggs in style, support a wonderful charity and celebrate bonfire night with a Ramp!

Buy for only £14.99!

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on November 5th, 2013 by admin