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Date Archives: January 2015

Barbara’s adventure, Omlet in Australia & Fighting the Freeze…

Breakfast Week has Almost Arrived!

Don’t you just love Sunday mornings? Curling up for an eggstra hour or two in bed, reading the papers with a cup of coffee and indulging in a delicious breakfast. Bliss! And this Sunday is an especially tasty date to get in the diary as it is the start of Breakfast Week. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what is it that makes it so vital?

Breakfast feeds the body and brain after an overnight fast. (Breakfast really is breaking the fast.) It restores glucose levels, needed for memory and concentration, and filling up on something nutritious means you are less likely to crave naughty mid-morning snacks.

So be it a bowl of creamy porridge, some boiled eggs and soldiers or a full cooked breakfast, make sure you start each day with something nutritious and delicious. You might even want to try our favourite – the Omlet Omelette! Send us a photo of your breakfast for a chance to win a £50 voucher. Email us, post on our Facebook page or send us a Tweet by Saturday 31st January.

Fighting the Freeze

Brrr, it’s been a chilly month so far, and you’ve been sharing your pictures of Eglus-turned-Igloos, snow capped chicken coops and hens sporting tweed jackets. If you keep chickens, the good news is you don’t need to panic about the freezing temperatures. Being hardy creatures, your hens will be perfectly happy during Winter, if you follow our top tips:

  • Remember to shut your hens in the Eglu when it gets dark and open again in the morning. There’ll be nice and cosy thanks to the twin-walled insulation.
  • Ensure their drinkers are full of fresh water every day. Investing in a spare drinker will make it easier to swap frozen for fresh, or you could try using a water heater.
  • Consider moving the coop to a sheltered part of the garden, away from prevailing wind. If this isn’t possible make sure you have suitable run covers (currently 25% off).
  • Your hens will eat more than usual to stay warm, meaning an increase in number of droppings. Clean the coop out more often than usual and make sure you pick up the frozen droppings every couple of days.
  • For a warming treat, pour boiling water over feed pellets, stir, and allow to cool. Try adding a touch of poultry spice and you’ve got a pre-bedtime porridge.
  • Although your hens will be warm in their Eglu, you can invest in an Extreme Temperature Jacket if you want to give them extra warmth during extremely cold weather.

Barbara’s Latest Adventure

Poor Barbara has had quite an ordeal this week. She left Omlet HQ on Wednesday morning for an eggsibition in Paris, and the poor girl was cooped up in the van for 24 hours. It was a nightmare of a journey, with nothing to do during the traffic jams than hopped out to perform the chicken dance to stretch her wings. After having to roost in the van overnight, with nothing but a bag of popcorn to peck at, she was quite alarmed to be woken by police sniffer dogs, checking that there was nothing suspicious in her nest. Quite eggsausted, Barbara finally arrived for the Maison & Objet show, where she had just hours to set up the Omlet stand ready for its opening today.

Should you be visiting this trade show, please do go and check up on Barbara for us, and perhaps take her a mealworm or two for an energy boost. She’s a good old bird!

 

Omlet in Australia

We’re eggstremely thrilled to announce the arrival of Omlet Australia. We’ve scooted a selection of our most popular products over to the other side of the world to make chicken keeping easy and fun for everyone. Choose from the Eglu Go, Go UP and Walk in Chicken Run, or, if you prefer fur to feathers, the Eglu Go Hutch is also available. (Luckily the Eglus work just as brilliantly upside down.)

Omlet Australia will be eggsibiting at the Bungedore Show, in New South Wales, on Sunday. Should you live in the area and fancy popping along why not go and say hello to Lara. Lara has recently moved back to Australia to look after the business and she’ll be able to help you with any orders or questions. Based in Mosman, her favourite animal is a cat (preferably with silky fur) and she likes her eggs poached, on toast.

So, now that you know a bit about her, why not check out the Omlet Australia website!

Tweet of the Week

The kids at Ysgol Esgob Morgan School in Cardiff assembled three new Eglu Cubes this week. Well…it’s all in a day’s work for RHS School’s Gardening Team of the Year!

They tweeted: We love te @omlet chicken houses … And so do the chicks!

We don’t doubt that both kids and chickens are going to henjoy this eggsperience and we wish them lots of luck!

Follow us on Twitter and keep us up to date with your own eggciting news!

Beat the Winter Chill!

Extreme Temperature Jacket for Eglu Classic – An insulated jacket to keep your hens as warm as possible during the deep freeze. Lined with Flectalon, a material developed by NASA to keep astronauts warm on missions.

Keep hens cosy for £49

Snugglesafe Microwave Heatpad – Microwave this gadget for a few minutes and it will provide up to 10 hours of warmth. Pop it in your Eglu to give chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs a cosy place to sleep.

A toasty night’s sleep for £17.25

Insulating Water Bottle Cover – Suitable for use with the drinking bottle supplied with the Rabbit Eglu, this will help to regulate water temperature all year. Protecting it from sunlight will also reduce growth of Algae.

Prevent freezing water bottles for £4.95

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on January 23rd, 2015 by admin


We’re feeling fruity…

Can’t remember which clementines you bought last week and which ones were fresh this week? A Fruit Skelter takes the guesswork out of your fruit’s age. By topping up your Fruit Skelter from the back and taking it from the front, you’ll always eat your fruit in date order. Happy days!

How do you store your bananas? Keep them in a bowl and they’ll bruise, keep them in contact with other fruit and they’ll over-ripen. A Fruit Skelter offers the solution. Attach the removable hook to hang your bunch and not only will you save space but your bananas will ripen evenly.

Do your pesky pears squash your soft satsumas? Layering all your different fruits in one basket is always going to cause chaos. A Fruit Skelter prevents these disasters by making your fruit queue up in an orderly fashion and behave sensibly. Those Braeburn bullies won’t push their weight around anymore.

The Fruit Skelter looks magnificent in any home, creating a mouth-watering visual spectacle. Keep it topped up and the spiralling edible rainbow may even encourage you to eat more fruit, helping towards a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Free Delivery on Fruit Skelters throughout January with promo code: FEELINFRUITY

This offer is valid in the UK only, from 19th to 31st January 2015.

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This entry was posted in Products on January 19th, 2015 by admin


25% off All Eglu Covers

Beat the bad weather with 25% off all Clear, Heavy Duty and Combi Covers this month. Suitable for all Eglus, Walk in Runs and other coops and hutches, Omlet Covers will keep your furry and feathered friends dry on the drizzliest of days.

Stock up with 25% off all Covers until the end of January!

This offer is not applicable to multipacks. This offer is valid in the UK only, from 16th to 31st January 2015.

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This entry was posted in Promotions on January 16th, 2015 by admin


Omlet Newsletter 8th January 2015

Hello,

Happy New Year from everyone at Omlet. We hope you had a marvellous Christmas and New Year and we wish you a fantastic 2015. It’s going to be another eggciting year at Omlet HQ, with some seriously cool, useful and stylish products in development which we can’t wait to share with you. For now, we’re having a sale of the old to make room for the new, so take a peek at what’s on offer for up to 65% off hundreds of items.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for all the latest updates and check out our blog too for some great information and advice on your favourite pets.

Winners of the Advent Calendar Competition

Thank you to everyone that entered our Advent Calendar Competition. Our winners have now been selected and notified and you can see the full list here. Mark Lee was the clucky winner of the fantastic Eglu Classic prize, and we delivered his new green coop, complete with chickens, earlier this week. He was already the proud owner of an Eglu Go and bantams, but he and the family were eggstraordinarily eggcited to welcome the new additions.

Luckily, Mark’s son, Callum, had the day off due to a heating problem at the school, so it was a brilliant day for him. All went well and the hens are happily settled into their new home.

Everybody Loves Honey

What do you like on your toast? Butter? Jam? A little honey perhaps? You’re not alone – in January a survey for The Grocer magazine revealed that Rowse honey overtook Marmite as “the UK’s favourite thing to have on toast”. And it’s easy to see why; not only is honey the bees knees for taste, but it’s got some great health ‘bee’nifits too, including treating wounds, relieving allergies and providing nutrients. It’s no wonder Winnie the Pooh is such a fan!

If you already collect fresh eggs from your own hens every morning, imagine gathering honey from your own hive of bees too. You could make that dream come to life this Spring with a Beehaus – our easy to use, modern alternative to a traditional hive. But, if you’re not ready to take on a new hobby, why not try planting some bee-friendly plants instead? Not only will they fill your garden with colour and fragrance, but they will help to grow our dwindling bee population too! Click here for a list of what to plant.

Facebook Post of the Week

We may have just found our youngest and ‘Qutest’ customer; this little chap is just two years old and he’s a great fan of his new Qute Hamster Cage. Hannah Braimbridge posted on our Facebook page: “Received the Qute yesterday, it’s fantastic, a hit with the hamster and my 2 year old son is loving being able to look after his pet with ease. Thank you xx” And just hours later she shared this video, demonstrating just how easy the Qute is to use.

Qute Hamster and Gerbil Cage is now at a new price of only £69.99!

Homes Wanted for 2000 Chickens

Fresh Start for Hens are having a re-homing day at the end of the month. If you’re looking to add a few hens to your current flock or you are planning to start keeping chickens this year, this is a great opportunity to help a hen that would otherwise come to a premature end.

This commercial hen rehoming organisation has helped with the rehoming of over 30,000 chickens since it was found in 2011. They purchase hens from farmers just before the slaughter date, which is usually after only a year of laying and rehome them in safe, suitable homes where they can live out the rest of their natural lives.

This cracking organisation are currently looking for homes for 2,000 chickens, to be collected on 31st January. They ask for £2.50 per hen to secure their life and you can reserve one today on their website. There are over 70 collection points open across the UK for this date and the list is available on the website. So if you’ve ordered an Omlet Eglu, why not help a hen in need?

Our friends at the British Hen Welfare Trust also help in rehoming hens, and they are also always on the lookout for people to adopt their chickens. Please see their website for more information.

Fab ideas for you and your pets!

Omlet Chicken Fencing – Give your hens some eggstra space with Omlet’s Chicken Fencing. In four lengths, this can be used to create an area in the shape and size of your choice, to keep chickens in or out of an area.

Give your hens some eggstra space from £79

Egg Skelter – Keep your eggs in date order with an Egg Skelter. Add each egg to the back of the queue and use the one at the front first. It holds 24 medium eggs and is available in a range of colours.

Keep eggs in order for £19.99

Qute Hamster Cage – Your favourite hamster and gerbil cage, now at a new low price. Quick to clean, easy to use and looks hamsterrific. The silent exercise wheel, solid floor and removable tray are a few of the top features.

Now from just £69.99

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This entry was posted in Newsletter on January 8th, 2015 by admin