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Eglu saves hens from flood, half a million chickens and cauliflower for everyone!

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Omlet Newsletter January 28th 2016

 



The BHWT has Rehomed Half a Million Hens!

Saturday was a day to remember for Omlet and the British Hen Welfare Trust. The hen charity celebrated a world first by rehoming its 500,000th chicken, and we were there to share the eggcitement.

The half millionth hen was named Dee, as ‘D’ is the roman numeral for 500,000. Following life as a commercial laying hen, she was lucky enough to be rescued from a sad ending by a new family that will love and look after her. Not only will she eggsperience a new life of freedom and happiness but she will do so in the luxury residence of an Eglu Cube, donated by Omlet.

BHWT local coordinator Laura McCulloch said: “To think the BHWT has given 500,000 commercial hens this opportunity is mind-blowing.” And we agree. It is fantastic to think that half a million hens have been rehomed and we were proud to be involved in the big event!

If you’re interested in rehoming a hen or two, please visit the BHWT website. See more photos of the day here!


 

Beatrix and Clan Star in Prize Painting!

In the last newsletter we revealed the winner of our ‘Win a Personalised Pet Painting’ competition and now we are eggcited to be able to share a sneak peek of the prize… Artist Nicola Metcalfe captured the characters of winner Wendy’s menagerie beautifully. (See photos of the gang here.)

The story goes that Wendy’s chickens terrorise her giant Maine Coone cat Beatrix. They go in the back door while she is out of the room and Dotty and Delilah distract Beatrix while Maggie steals her cat food. Apparantly even the runner ducks Jemima and Josephine ‘egg’ her on with a chorus of quacking.

What a cheeky bunch of so and so’s! Wendy loves her prize and we hope it makes you smile too.


Is your hutch looking worse for wear? It’s time for an upgrade!

Treat your Guinea Pigs to a New Hutch and Save over 10%!

Looking for a stylish new home for your guinea pigs, or thinking of keeping some for the first time? The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch could be the answer! This is what Suzanne Locke had to say about her recent purchase:

“I bought two Eglu Go guinea pig hutches, one with a 1m run and one with a 2m run. I was lucky enough to live in the delivery and home setup zone, so no assembly difficulties for me, and my pets were enjoying their new homes in no time at all…. The hutches and runs are well-designed and a joy to clean. I’m so glad I made the investment.” by Suzanne Locke.

Good news! Order your Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch with 1m Run today for only £249 (usual price £299).

Use promo code: UKUPGRADEGH (valid until 29/02/15).

We also have great savings on our Eglu Go Chicken Coops and Rabbit Hutches – click here to find out more!


 

Eglu Protects Chickens from Catastrophe!

Eglus are built to survive all sorts of weather and last for years but we recently heard from one family whose coop withstood dramatic flooding! Paul told us:

“As you’ll have seen on the news, the flooding in Aberdeenshire since the turn of the year has been awful and when there’s heavy rain, the water runs down the sloping field behind our home and backs up against our boundary wall forming a little loch. After a week’s solid rain, that ‘little’ loch stood about four feet deep and held about 40 tons of water.

A 30ft section of the wall collapsed catastrophically last Thursday night in the middle of a snow storm, sending all that water flooding into the garden and the area at the back of the house, spilling masonry all over the place and creating a temporary new river down our driveway. Our Eglu classic sits about 15 feet in front of the fallen wall and must have taken the full force of the deluge as all the grass around is was flattened, and the chickens’ enclosure was filled with debris. But not only was the coop unmoved, it seems to have stayed completely intact so our girls saw the turbulent night out, dry if a little spooked by all the kerfuffle.

On reflection we thought that the Eglu’s aerodynamic shape and robust build must have been what allowed it to cope with our mini-flood, so with that in mind, we feel you can safely add ‘flood resistant’ to your list of the Eglu’s eggcellent qualities…. 🙂 “


More Strange Eggs in the Gallery!

Following our ‘egg within an egg’ feature in the last newsletter you have been sending in your weird egg pictures. Rosemary found a teenie tiny pekin egg which she fried and fed to her Cavachon puppy – it was just the right size! Amy discovered another tiny egg, but this one had no yolk. Ingham was another lucky recipient of an egg within an egg, and perhaps the strangest one so far…a shell less egg that looked more like a snake’s skin.

Keep your weird and wonderful pictures coming in! Send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk


Tom’s Tasty Cauliflower Fritters


Transform one egg (and some cauliflower) into something tasty!

Ingredients:
300g cooked cauliflower
2 tbsp chives
1 medium onion (finely diced)
1 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg
salt and pepper
panko breadcrumbs
(or fresh breadcrumbs if unavailable)

Method:
1) Once cooked and cooled, mash the cauliflower with a fork or potato masher.
2) Add the onion, chives, flour, nutmeg and salt and pepper.
3) Whisk the egg and add to the mixture (if the mixture is very wet, add a tablespoon of breadcrumbs).
4)
Chill for 30 minutes.
5) In a large frying pan, add oil (sunflower or similar).
6) Heat oil on a medium heat, until a few breadcrumbs added start to bubble and brown.
7)
Form small parties from the chilled mixture and coat in panko breadcrumbs, or similar.
8) Shallow fry for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown.
9) Drain on kitchen paper.
10)
Serve with a squeeze of lime and sour cream.


New Products and Special Offers

Syn-Vital Bokashi – Great for your chickens’ digestive system and now on special offer due to a best before date of March – now £6 (was £8)

Little Miss Princess – A cute egg cup for the little princess in your life (or is that you?) – £5.95

Woodland Crumble -A tasty treat for garden birds and chickens. Discounted due to a best before date of 02/16 – now £1 (was £2.89)

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The strangest egg you’ve ever seen, top winter hen tips & your eggsclusive Eglu discount!

Omlet Newsletter January 14th 2016

 



How Eggstraordinary!

Keeping your own chickens is fun and fascinating, especially when you never know what you’re going to find in the nesting box! Eglu Owner Emma Postlethwaite recently had quite a surprise when she went to collect her eggs in the morning; her Light Sussex hen, Wendy, had laid a whopper. Weighing in at 5.9oz, Emma knew it was going to make for a cracking breakfast but she was not eggspecting what happened next. Breaking open the shell she discovered something sp’egg’tacular – an egg within an egg. Watch a video of the eggstraordinary reveal here!

Have you found any weird and wonderful eggs in your Eglu? Let us know your story and send us a pic if you can!


Is your coop looking worse for wear? It’s time for an upgrade!

Treat your Hens to a New Coop and Save over 10%!

This month we have a very special offer on some of our best-selling pet houses – save over 10% on Eglu Gos, Eglu Go UPs and Eglu Go Hutches! There’s no better eggscuse to treat your pets to a stylish new home and you’ll love being able to look out to the garden to something bright and colourful on a cold winter’s day.

Don’t have a chicken coop or rabbit hutch to upgrade? Don’t worry, this offer is open to new pet owners too – just use our special promo codes below to redeem your secret discount.

Eglu Go Chicken Coop code: UKUPGRADEGO / Eglu Go UP Chicken Coop code: UKUPGRADEGOUP

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch code: UKUPGRADEGH / Eglu Go Rabbit Hutch code: UKUPGRADERH


 

Keeping your Hens Happy this Winter

Following a mild but wet December it’s time to say hello to the big freeze again. Brrr! You may not be welcoming it with open arms but you can at least be prepared with our top tips for winter chicken care. And don’t panic, your hens are hardier than you think!

  • Always shut your hens in the Eglu when it gets dark and open again in the morning. The twin-walled insulation will keep them nice and cosy.

  • Invest in a spare drinker or two to have on hand for frosty mornings – simply swap their frozen water for fresh! Alternatively try using a water heater to avoid your hens having to drink slush puppies.
  • Move your Eglu to as sheltered a spot as possible and add a suitable run cover to allow your hens to roam around without being rained on.

  • More poop in the chicken coop? This could be down to your hens eating more regularly to stay warm. Pick up the frozen droppings every couple of days and clean your Eglu more often than usual.

  • Thought porridge was just for bears? Chickens love it too. Use feed pellets instead of oats, add boiling water, stir and allow to cool before adding a touch of poultry spice. Perfect for a warming evening snack.

  • An Eglu will keep your hens warm enough whatever the weather but you can always add an Extreme Temperature Jacket for eggstra protection on freezing nights.


 

A Very Happy Cube Customer!

What’s better than having an Eglu in your garden? Having three! Jenny Evans loves our chicken coops so much she now has a rainbow of Cubes for her feathered friends. She sent us this email to let us know how happy she is with her products.

I just wanted to let you know how pleased we & our feathered family members are with their new living accommodation! It makes such easy work of keeping them, they are very well designed & thought out.”

To find out more about the cracking coops we have on offer, visit the website. And don’t forget our Eglu Gos and Go UPs are on special offer this month!


Today is National Best Dressed Pet Day

Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day and we are eggcited to see our High-Vis Chicken Jackets in Inc’s ’13 coolest outfits’ list. Now, we agree, these jackets are cool, but they are functional too. Not only do they make your chickens easy to spot in the dark, which is great if you feel like you end up playing hide and seek every evening, but they also give protection to hens that are a little on the bald side. They offer comfort and warmth in cold weather and they have been designed for ease of use and manoeuvrability. Please note, your hen may take a few days to get used to her new garment and it should be removed at night so she doesn’t get too warm.

Make sure you check out our Camo Chicken Jackets too, or, if you’re a dog owner pick up one of our stylish tweed numbers.


December’s Competition Winners
Thanks to everyone that entered December’s terrific competitions. Wendy Jackson was the winner of our Personalised Pet Painting competition and she is soon going to be the proud owner of a piece of unique artwork by artist Nicola Metcalfe. You can see Wendy and her pals above and we will share the painting when it’s complete.

The lucky winners of the Your Chickens Magazine competition were Rosalind Cunliffe, Susan Moffat, Keith David, Alison Botting and Monica Bagley. They will each receive a year’s subscription to this perfect poultry publication.


Winter Warmers

Water Bottle Covers – A nifty cover to help prevent your rabbit’s water from freezing! – £4.95 each

Drinker Heater – Ensure your hens’ water doesn’t freeze with this drinker heater. Two sizes,
from £24.99

Snugglesafe Heatpad – A microwaveable heatpad that can be popped in the Eglu on cold nights. – only £17.25

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Save over 10% on Eglus with the Omlet Upgrade Scheme!

Omlet Newsletter January 5th 2015

 


Happy New Year! Are you looking out the window at the cold, wet and miserable weather but feeling wam and snug in your lovely home? Are you sure your pet is feeling just as cosy as you? Is their home looking a bit more Fawlty Towers than Buckingham Palace? Could it be time for an upgrade? Then don’t miss out on this very special offer.

Order a new home for your pet this month and save over 10%!

Use one of our promotional codes and get your Eglu Go, Eglu Go UP or Eglu Go Hutch for a discounted rate:

Eglu Go Chicken Coop just £199 or £299 with 2m run – use code: UKUPGRADEGO

Eglu Go UP Chicken Coop just £249, £399 with 2m run, or £449 for wheels too – use code: UKUPGRADEGOUP

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch for just £199, £249 with 1m run, or £299 with 2m run – use code: UKUPGRADEGH

Eglu Go Rabbit Hutch for just £199 or £299 with 2m run – use code: UKUPGRADERH

Click here to choose your upgrade product today!


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This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other Omlet offer. The offer expires at 11:59pm on 31st January 2016. Offer applies to UK orders only. Previous purchases are not eligible for this offer.

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