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Omlet Newsletter – September 19th 2014

Hello,

The weekend is almost here and there’s no better eggscuse for a lazy lie-in and breakfast in bed (as long as you can convince someone to bring it to you). Not only do eggs makes a tasty treat in the morning, but they are eggstremely nutritious too, and even better when they’re from your own garden hens. If you’ve never tasted a just-laid egg, you don’t know what your missing, so why not think about keeping a few pet chickens? You’ll be rewarded with delicious eggs every day that taste a hundred times better than those you can buy at the supermarket.

However you cook them, enjoy those eggs and have a sp’egg’tacular weekend!

Win £100 for you and £100 for charity in Peinture Pet Competition!

Do you have a pet that you love to bits? Fancy winning a £100 Omlet voucher and £100 for the animal charity of your choice? Well it’s time to get your creative juices flowing and enter our Peinture Pet competition.

Show us how special your pet is by sending us a portrait for your chance to win this brilliant prize. You can paint, draw, collage, stencil, sew, knit or carve a portrait of your pet (or anything else you can think of), then email a photo to stephanie@omlet.co.uk, post on our Facebook page, send us a tweet using #peinturepet, or pop it in the post to this address: Peinture Pet, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Please include your name, age, email address and your pet’s name. The closing date is 30th September and postal entries cannot be returned.

Good cluck!

 

Inside a bottle of Diatomaceous Earth

If you keep chickens there’s a good chance you’re familiar with a product called Diatomaceous Earth, a fine powder that can help with the treatment of mites or lice. What you’re less likely to be aware of is what actually goes into a bottle of the stuff…and it is really quite incredible. Feed additive is made of ground up fossilized remains of diatoms. But, what are diatoms?

Diatoms are a single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. A little more interesting than you first thought, right? Invisible to the naked eye, these diatoms are quite spectacular when viewed under magnification, and even more so incredible when arranged into complex patterns. The complexity certainly hasn’t put Klaus Kemp off his work though; he has dedicated his like to perfecting the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

This short film, The Diatomist, showcases his mind-boggling work, and if you’ve ever bought a bottle of Diatomaceous Earth, you’re going to find this fascinating!

This Week’s Top 3 Strange Pet Stories

3 – Bunny turns 10 following a diet of custard creams.
A 10 year old Dwarf Lop in Birmingham could be one of the oldest pet rabbits in the UK, but what’s the key to Harry’s health and happiness? A custard cream a day, apparantly. His full social life and plenty of exercise must play a part too (before you get any ideas.)

2 – Dachshund takes part in 13,000 feet skydive.
Uncontent with a walk in the park, Riley the Dachshund hopped out a plane at 13,000 feet with his adrenaline junkie owner. His custom made harness held him onto regular skydiver Nathan Batiste and luckily the jump went without a glitch.

1 – Hamster competes against competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi in a hot-dog eating contest.
Despite having previously won a record for eating 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Takeru lost out to Tiny Hamster on this occasion. T.H had no problem munching his way through his own pile of tiny veggie hot dogs. What a chap!

Beekeeping in September

September is an important month in the beekeeping world. Traditionally, it is the month for collecting that previous honey you’ve been patiently waiting for (and ‘bee’lieve us, it is worth the wait). It is also the time to start preparations for the winter.

‘Bee’fore you start dreaming of eating a spoonful of honey, you need to make sure your bees have enough stores. They need at least 20-30kg of stores to see them through the winter, which is equivalent to 6-9 full brood frames. If they have less than 20kg, you should feed them until it has reached that weight. Meanwhile, if you have an excess of honey in the brood frames, these can be removed, along with the supers. Use the clearer board under the supers 24 hours before you removed them for honey extraction. You should leave bees on 9 brood frames for the winter.

It is also important to monitor the natural mite drop, if you didn’t last month. Use a treatment of Apiguard if the drop is higher than 10 mites a day, but ensure you do this after the honey collection.

Now go and enjoy that delicious honey!

Tweet of the Month

It’s magical enough keeping bees on a rooftop, but when a double rainbow makes an appearance behind the Beehaus, it’s an unforgetable scene to ‘bee’hold. @HighgateHoney were lucky enough to discover this stunning moment and luckily they were able to capture it too.

They tweeted @omlet I’ve found my pot of gold!

And now we’re sharing the glow with you… Follow us on Twitter to send us your own ‘bee’rilliant pics!

Latest Products

Minnie and Mickey Egg Cups – Who doesn’t have a secret soft spot for Mickey and Minnie Mouse!? No matter what your age, we bet that Disney never fails to put a smile on your face. Now you can bring the Disney magic to the breakfast table, with this splendid set of egg cups.

Enjoy a Disney breakfast every day for only £7

Madeleine Floyd Chicken & Egg Apron – This linen tea towel is as good as they get. It is absorbent and lint free, making it the perfect choice for quick drying and sparkling dishes. The charming print of chickens and eggs make it a tea towel that you will be proud to display in your kitchen.

Makeover your kitchen for just £6

Maxi Cup Drinker for Chickens – The Maxi Cup is a semi automatic drinker that will fix to most containers to turn them into reservoirs for your hens’ drinking water. Attach to old water tanks, buckets or other containers, fill the container with water and watch as the Maxi Cup fills up too.

Turn any container into a drinker for £14

Happy shopping!

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on September 19th, 2014 by admin


Omlet Newsletter 05/09/14

Hello,

It’s been a long, hot summer and it isn’t over yet, so why not take advantage of this bloomin’ lovely weather and make September the month you start keeping chickens? Collecting fresh eggs every morning is a wonderful job to wake up to, and perfect for a nutritious breakfast to start the day. The kids will love getting back from school to spend time with the hens and you’ll find them hentertaining all year round. Our Eglus are a great choice for first time chicken keepers, but if you prefer to keep things traditional, the Boughton Chicken Coop is a fantastic option.

Order your Boughton Chicken Coop in the next seven days and get 10% off! Only £270, usual price £299.99.

Other eggciting news – the winner of August’s Shaken Udder Milkshake Competition was Lee Weedon. He’s won a year’s supply of tasty milkshake to enjoy. Thanks to everyone that entered, and don’t worry if you didn’t win because there’s another great competition this month…

Win £100 for you and £100 for the Animal Charity of your Choice!

This week we were sent this brilliant drawing by one of our younger customers. She loves her Eglu Cube and Cochins so much that she felt inspired to create some artwork, and that inspired us to launch a creative competition…a little something we like to call Peinture Pet!

Show us how special your pet is by sending us a portrait, and you could win a £100 Omlet voucher for yourself and a £100 donation to the animal charity of your choice. Not only will you be able to treat yourself and your pet to some wonderful goodies, but you’ll be able to make a difference to the lives of other animals too! Simply draw, paint, collage, stencil, sew, knit or carve a portrait of your pet for your chance to win.

You can email a photo of your creation to stephanie@omlet.co.uk, post on our Facebook page, send us a tweet using #peinturepet, or pop it in the post to this address: Peinture Pet, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Please include your name, age, email address and your pet’s name. The closing date is 30th September and postal entries cannot be returned.

Happy painting!

 


Brand New Camouflage Chicken Jacket Now in Stock!

While thousands of hens continue to wear their Hi-Vis Jackets with pride, there’s a new fashion to hit the feathered catwalk. Autumn 2014 – it’s all about the camo, darling!

There’s no need to sacrifice style at the end of the summer season. Your chickens might want to wrap up warm but that’s no eggscuse for a hen not to look her best, and luckily, Omlet are all about marrying fashion with function. The brand new Camouflage Chicken Jacket will give your hen that eggstra warmth and protection, while keeping her looking fresh and fly!

But this isn’t just for fashion henthusiasts; cool chicks, army birds and rowdy hens go mad for a bit of camo. Whether they’re dolling themselves up for a night out, preparing for battle against an army of henpeckers or forming a disguise to keep badly behaved cockerels at bay, this stylish little number will be a hit. It’s superb for ex-batts and moulting hens too, providing protection during the regrowth of feathers.

The Camouflage Chicken Jacket has already hit the headlines (albeit on the local news), and we anticipate it to be a sell-out. So why not secure yours by ordering today? Buy this month and you’ll get free uk delivery with this code: CAMOUFLAGE14

Home Sweet Home for Jemima and Esmeralda

The Walk in Chicken Run ain’t just for chickens! We hear that a pair of determined ducks recently decided that they wanted in on the luxury of Omlet’s new poultry palace too, quacking at their owners for days until their demand was met. Happy with their new home, but worried that they would be mistaken for hens, the high maintenance birds went on to request a sign that would correct us, and the rest of the world, on their identity.

Jemima and Esmeralda are satisfied for now, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they give us a call to demand we sell Camouflage Duck Jackets soon.

How Far Does Your Hamster Run Every Night?

Do you every wonder just what your hamster gets up to every night? You’re not the only one. Qute owner Matt was so intrigued by what his pet was doing at lights out that he went to extreme measures, using his IT knowledge, and much patience, to create a Biscuit monitor. (No, not Bourbons or Digestives – that’s the hamster’s name.)

Fixing a tiny computer with sensors to the top of his Qute and a magnet to the wheel, Matt developed a tracking device to see how many times Biscuit runs around his wheel. As if that wasn’t clever enough, the computer sends a text message to Matt every morning to tell him just how far he’s run.

We have a feeling that before long, little Biscuit will be getting his own tv show…and no doubt Matt will too!

Plastic VS. Wooden in the Coop Cleaning Challenge

Are you torn between plastic and wooden when it comes to chicken housing? You might want to take a few moments to read this blog. In Fennel and Fern’s latest post, titled Mucking out the Hens, they compare cleaning out the different chicken coops. It’s the Eglu Go UP vs. a traditional wooden house in the war of the coop clean and, unsurprisingly to any Eglu owners among you, the Eglu comes out tops.

Fennel and Fern discover that a red mite infestation means that the wooden coop is requiring a weekly clean, involving boiling water, washing up liquid and vegetable oil. In their own words: “Cleaning the wooden coop really is a chore.” Meanwhile, the Eglu only needs a wash once a month, requiring very little time, effort or maintenance.

The conclusion: “Sure, my Eglu is better-looking than the wooden coop, and it’s got a bit more floor space, and it’s more intelligently-designed. But I could live without those things were it not for the fact that the Eglu is just easier to maintain. Cleaning it is a doddle, and mites find it much more difficult to set up home on the smooth plastic walls of the coop where there are so few nooks and crannies than in the wooden coop. I will have to replace the wooden coop in the next few years, and already I shan’t be all that sad. But the Eglu Go Up can stick around, and stick around it will.”

Convinced? Take a look at the range of Eglus available to find one to suit you and your hens today!

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It’s all about red!

Rollabowl Fruit Bowl – Roll your way to five a day with Rollabowl – the stylish storage solution for fruit. Use the outside ramp for apples and oranges and pop your delicate fruit, like grapes, into the hollow middle section.

Roll your way to five a day for £19.99

Egg Skelter – Keep your eggs in date order so you always know which one to use first. The Egg Skelter holds up to 24 medium eggs and you’ll look super stylish stored in spiral formation.

Keep eggs in date order for £19.79

Eglu Egg Cup Breakfast Set – Whether you are lucky enough to have an Eglu or you apsire to be an Eglu owner, this miniature version is a must-have. It’ll hold your boiled egg and two pieces of toast for dipping!

Own your own mini Eglu for £19.99

Happy shopping!

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on September 5th, 2014 by admin


Free Delivery on Everything Today!

Hello,

The summer holidays might be over but don’t be glum, we’ve got a terrific offer to get September off to a smashing start!

Get FREE DELIVERY on everything today! (ends midnight 01/08/14)

Order online or over the phone by midnight tonight and you’ll have your goodies delivered for free. No voucher code or minimum spend required.

Why not make September the month you start keeping chickens – that will certainly give the kids something to get up for every morning (and you’ll henjoy being able to go to work on an egg too!).

Happy shopping!

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This entry was posted in Promotions on September 1st, 2014 by admin