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World Egg Day 2017

How do you like your eggs in the morning?! To celebrate World Egg Day we are calling upon all of our Omleteers to help us raise some money for our friends at the British Hen Welfare Trust. All you need to do is post a picture of your daily eggs on our Facebook page, tag us on Twitter or Instagram. This can either be a freshly laid egg in your nest box or if you are feeling creative, get cooking and show us what delights you have rustled up!

For every picture posted we will donate £1 to the British Hen Welfare Trust. To make sure your picture is seen make sure you either upload it on this post on Facebook or tag us on Twitter or Instagram.  The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens and encourages support for British free range eggs.

World Egg Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in October. On World Egg Day, events are held across the world celebrating the egg.

The first World Egg Day was celebrated in 1996 and since then we have seen a variety of wonderful events taking place internationally, with people enjoying and celebrating the wonderful versatility of the egg.

There is so much to celebrate – Eggs have the potential to feed the world

Eggs have a vital role to play in feeding people around the world, in both developed and developing countries.  They are an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein, with the potential to feed the world.

This year World Egg Day is Friday 13th October

Whether you celebrate World Egg Day every year, or this will be your first time, make sure that this year on Friday 13th October, you get cracking and help to make this World Egg Day the biggest and the best ever.

All photos must be received by midnight on Friday 13th October.
Terms and Conditions
All photos must be received by midnight on Friday 13th October. Photos are only valid from social media channels. £1 for every photo posted will be donated to the British Hen Welfare Trust up to the value of £1000 maximum. Omlet reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any point. It is only open to UK residents.

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This entry was posted in Promotions on October 12th, 2017 by helenkennedy


All Chickens Need to Perch – Here’s Why…

Chickens love to hop onto a perch.  This fondness for perches is instinctive. Chickens are descended from the Asian Jungle Fowl, which roosts on the branches of trees. Perching is as natural to hens as scratching and egg-laying. This might lead you to assume that the ideal perch is in a tree, or at least high off the ground. But while some of the lighter breeds such as Bantams or Leghorns might be able to flap their way to the topmost branches, the average domestic hen is way too big to try.  A perch that a bird can hop onto from the ground is perfectly adequate.

During the day they’ll use the perch to relax, take a break and watch the world pass by.  If you are keeping your chickens in a run then adding a perch is an excellent way to enrich their enclosure.  Enrichment is one of those terms that does what it says on the tin.  By adding accessories to the bird’s run you are enriching their lives by providing activities, variation and interest for them.  Whilst it might not seem like an obvious activity, a static perch is actually one of the best additions you can make to your chickens environment, click here to see a video of how to attach a perch to your run.   And if you have a big flock of chickens, you can add several perches in different locations, which will help to avoid any pecking order problems where the chickens lower down are not allowed to join in the perching fun!  Top 4 tips when choosing a perch for your chickens

  1. Make sure that the perch is strong enough to take the weight of your chickens, an average egg laying chicken weighs about 2kg.  A bantam would be about 800g-1kg and a large breed could be up to 5kg.
  2. Make sure that the perch is long enough, you should allow about 20cm per average sized chicken.
  3. Don’t place the perch too high. When you first introduce the perch, place it quite low, maybe 10cm off the ground.  The chickens will quickly learn to trust it and then you can raise it so it’s just above their heads.
  4. When choosing a place to position your perch try to find a spot in the run that is covered so that the hens can still perch when it’s raining without getting wet.

Using a perch in the chicken house. 

When chickens “come home to roost”, they usually head straight for their favourite spot on the perch. It may not look like the most comfortable way to spend the night, but that perch is every bit as snug and inviting to a hen as your warm, cosy bed is to you.

Hens will roost on pretty much anything, from an old ladder to a flat plank of wood. But it’s best to give them something custom made – wide enough with rounded corners, and easily adjustable. As their well-being is at stake – and that impacts your egg supply – it makes sense to buy the best.  Omlet’s chicken perch is very easy to fit to every type of chicken run and wooden coops too, click here to find out more. 

If a chicken doesn’t have a perch, they are more likely to attract mites and lice, or to pick up bacteria from the soiled ground. The stress of having no perch will also lower their immune systems, maximising their chances of disease.

Perches help hens feel safe and secure. At night a chicken is totally blind, and a perch gives them somewhere to “sit tight” if they are disturbed. As far as they’re concerned, if their feet are gripping that reassuring perch, they’re safe from predators. This reduces stress, which in turn promotes good egg-laying.

Perches even help with coop hygiene, as the entire night’s load of droppings will be dumped in one convenient spot for you to clean out.

Click here to buy Omlet’s NEW Chicken Perch – available in two lengths

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This entry was posted in Keeping Chickens on October 12th, 2017 by helenkennedy


10% off Eglu Go and Eglu Go Up Chicken Coops in Purple for a limited time!

Hurry, there’s 10% off all Purple Eglu Go Chicken Coops and Purple Eglu Go Up Chicken Coops for a limited time!

Simply visit our website and order – no promo code required, the prices have already been discounted.




Order the Eglu Go in purple today and save from £25 – click here to find out more!

Fancy the Eglu Go Up in purple? Click here to order and save from £30!

Terms and Conditions
10% off promotion is only valid for a limited time –  Discount has already been applied to the products when you order – no promo code required. Subject to availability.
This offer includes Purple Eglu Go Chicken Coops and Purple Eglu Go Up  Chicken Coops only. The offer excludes green chicken coops.
Omlet ltd. reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any point. Discount cannot be transferred to delivery or courses. Offer is only valid on fully priced items and cannot be used on existing discounts or in conjunction with any other offer.

 

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This entry was posted in Promotions on October 11th, 2017 by helenkennedy


Glamping at Jasper’s Bunny Hotel!

We’ve been in touch with Niki from Jasper’s Bunny Hotel who offer luxurious glamping breaks for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs in our world famous Eglu Rabbit Hutches!!
Their website  informs customers that holiday homes are all standard with daily room service, full menu of fresh food including fruit and vegetables for guinea pigs and rabbits, cool fresh water and a selection of toys for activities. Plus plenty of fresh grass and safe outdoor play areas for those who like a little exercise.
It sounds delightful….. so we decided to find out more about this fantastic bunny hotel…..
How long has Jasper’s Bunny Hotel been running?

We originally opened for bunny holidays back in December 2014, the idea was to have some large hutches for bunnies to have holidays rather than using breeding stacks of hutches. This initial idea worked well for a few bunnies who like to live indoors but we did spend a lot of time transporting them outside to wooden runs on the grass and then trying to catch them again to put them away! I was always concerned about predators, I used to peg the runs down with tent pegs and pile bricks around the outside to stop the foxes from digging in – but I was still always worried and had to spend all my time checking that all was well.

When did you get your first Eglu ?
Prior to moving to our current property we had bought an Omlet Eglu Cube and kept some chickens and so I thought about looking on the website for something similar for bunnies and guinea pigs.  We now have 12 Eglu’s and one of the large walk-in runs.
 
How many Rabbit’s and Guinea Pigs can you look after at any one time?
This summer when I was at full capacity, I had 7 rabbits from the same family sharing a 4m Eglu and between 2 and 3 rabbits in each other Eglu, as well as some indoor bunnies, so we had around 44 bunnies and 30 guinea pigs in our care.
Why do you like Eglu’s
I love them because they can be jetwashed for hygiene, the bunnies and guinea pigs are safe and in a natural environment – we move them around at least weekly and certainly every time a new bunny or piggy arrives – they are colourful and almost indestructible – we only have one that’s been slightly chewed but the others look pretty much good as new!
Many of my customers have gone on to ditch their wooden hutches and replace them with Eglus once they have seen how brilliant they are and how much freedom the bunnies and piggies have.
What is the longest time that a rabbit has ‘glamped’ with you?
The longest time that we have had a bunny with us was three months – we have regular customers that come back to us three or four times per year and say that they wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Do rabbits travel far and wide to visit Jasper’s Bunny Hotel? 
People book with us up to a year in advance and travel from 20-30 miles away for their bunny holidays.
Interested in updating your Rabbit Hutch to an Eglu? 
The hutch is easy to clean and insulated and comes complete with under floor mesh, making it perfect for all-year use and rabbits will love being able to hop in and out of the fox-resistant run as they please. Click her to find out more!
 
For more information about Jasper’s Bunny Hotel please visit their website – http://www.jaspersbunnyhotel.co.uk/

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This entry was posted in Interviews on October 5th, 2017 by helenkennedy


You mean the World to me Competition #WorldAnimalDay2017

To celebrate World Animal Day 2017 we are running a competition to win a £100 Omlet Voucher!

All you have to do is to post a picture of your pet and the story behind it.  Did you go to adopt a pet and come back with two?  What about the time your hamster disappeared down the back of the sofa and came out with the earring you thought you’d lost for ever?  However big or small, we’d love to hear the stories of why your pet means the world to you.
Post your entry via commenting on our Facebook  or Twitter posts, alternatively post your photo and story to Instagram and tag us!
The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 4th October.
Good Luck!
Terms and Conditions
The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 4th October 2017. Entries are only applicable from social media channels. The winning entrant will be selected and notified by social media on Monday 9th October 2017. Omlet reserve the right to withdraw the competition at any point. The prize cannot be transferred to cash. This competition is only open to UK residents.

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This entry was posted in Competitions on October 4th, 2017 by helenkennedy