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Meet Omlet’s Adorable New Pet

This is Fido! He’s got a new product to show you but the cheeky little chap seems to be playing hide and seek with it. I wonder what it could be?

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Free Delivery this Weekend!

Free delivery when you spend over £40 this weekend ONLY just use the code FDMARCH. This offer is available on a wide range of Omlet products so why not get your Easter orders in early and take advantage of some amazing savings?!

 

Terms and conditions: This offer is available until 23.59, 5th March 2017. Offer excludes all feed, bedding and Eglu Cubes. Code must be applied at the checkout for offer to become valid.

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Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Recipe

As we all try to detox this January, we thought we would bring you some healthy egg recipes to keep you on track with your goals!

Starting with a simple bowl of Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon with Wilted Spinach.

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Ingredients:

2 Eggs

Dash of Milk

Knob of light butter/marg

2 slices of Smoked Salmon

Handful of spinach

Pinch of pepper

 

Crack your two eggs into a bowl and whisk with a dash of milk.

Slowly heat your butter in a non stick pan, once butter has melted, pour your eggs in.

Stir occasionally, after 30 seconds, add your salmon and spinach, continue to stir.

Once the salmon has turned light pink, spinach has wilted and the eggs have started to solidify, remove the pan from the hob.

Allow the heat from the pan to continue cooking the eggs and then pour them either into a bowl or onto some wholemeal toast.

Enjoy!

 

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Celebrate World Egg Day with a FREE Egg Ramp!

FREE Egg Ramp with Every Purchase over £10. Use the promo code: RAMP2016 at the checkout. 

To celebrate World Egg Day we are offering you a Free Egg Ramp with any purchase over £10 in the Omlet store for one day only. Offer ends at midnight tonight (14/10/16) so make sure you don’t miss out. This modern egg holder will keep your eggs organised and at room temperature so they are always on hand for baking. Every time your hens lay a lovely egg, simply add it to the shiny melamine Egg Ramp™. When it comes to using them, always use the one at the front first, which will be the oldest – no more guesswork. At only 15cm deep it looks sleek and it won’t take up much space on your worktop.

Terms and Conditions: You are only entitled to one free ramp per customer, Purchases must be over £10. Omlet reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any point. Colours of ramp will be selected at random. Codes may not be redeemed after 11.59pm 14/10/16.

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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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Advent Calendar Competition Day 1 – Win Diamonds from Molly B Couture

Win a Sensational Set of Diamonds to Dazzle the Night Away!

Enter today’s Advent Calendar Competition to be in with the chance of winning sensationally sparkling diamonds from Molly B Couture. A fine jewellery collection of unparalleled simplicity and loveliness, the Sterling Silver and Diamond Drowsy Cross Necklace, worth £285, features a cross set with round brilliant diamonds, 0.09 total diamond carat weight on an 18″ chain. The necklace also features that instantly recognisable Molly B Couture bow tag. All Molly B Couture jewellery arrives in sumptuous brand packaging too.

Molly B Couture jewellery is defined by romantic, timeless designs and glamorous, feminine collections. The designs have an enduring beauty and encompass exquisite treasures that will illuminate your style and become your signature. Want to treat yourself or a friend to some fabulous jewellery this Christmas? Get 10% off all Molly B Couture treasures with discount code: MBC10 (valid until 17th December).

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Mum in a Million Competition

Win an Eggstra Special Gift for your Mum this Mother’s Day!

Is your Mum one in a million? Does she deserve an extra special treat this year? Do you want to show her just how much she means to you? Then listen up, because this Mother’s Day we are looking for one special Mum to spoil rotten. Tell us how amazing your Mum is and she could be treated to over £700 worth of gorgeous goodies delivered to her door. This could be the gift of a lifetime for one lucky lady!

The Prize Package

A Purple Eglu Go Chicken House, worth £360, from Omlet

A Freshwater Pearl and White Topaz Pendant and Earring Set, worth £155, from Jersey Pearl

6 bottles of Sachetto Prosecco Spumante, worth £72, from Naked Wines

A Hamper with cordials, chocolate, and other treats,, worth £50, from Belvoir

Deluxe Afternoon Tea for Two, at a choice of locations, worth £29, from Wish UK

A Mother’s Day Hamper full of chocolates, worth £24, from Choc on Choc

A Mum’s Pride Bouquet, worth £23.99, from Bunches

How to Enter

For a chance to win your Mum the gift of a lifetime, just visit our competition page and tell us what makes your Mum one in a million. The competition closes at 11:59pm Thursday 20th March.

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Omlet Newsletter – Sunday, 7th July 2013

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Scoop your fave flavours into these buckets and dig in with the spades.

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Grabbing cheese and stabbing olives is a breeze with these gulls!

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Fed up with boring old hooks and fancy a change? This one is fab!

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This retro caravan will make you feel like you’re on hol every day.

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Kids can run their own ice-cream stand in the comfort of their garden.

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This Seagull won’t steal your chips, but he will keep the door open.

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Make your own Callipos in all sorts of flavours. Perfect for hot days!

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These charming boats are waiting to set sail and join your for dinner.

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Add 2 passport photos, stick on your fridge and have a good giggle.

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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 15th February 2013

A Sunny Visit to the Beehaus…

Thinking about taking up beekeeping this year? Although it’s still chilly outside, Spring will soon ‘bee’ here, and the beekeeping season will get underway, so it’s time to start planning. You’ll find some great information about keeping bees on our website, but there are also some bee-rilliant blogs to have a read of.

Girl Meets Bee is a lovely blog to get started with. First Time Beekeeper Tanya bought a Beehaus in 2011 after her passion for honey turned into a fascination with bees. She has been writing about her experience ever since, and it is well worth a read. In her latest post, Tanya is faced with the fear that her bees could be starving after an increase in hive activity. Prepped with extra fondant for the bees, she realises that there was nothing to worry about after all, as there are still lots of honey stores. Click here to read more.

The Beehaus makes feeding bees, lifting supers and collecting honey really easy, which is why it is a great choice to bee hive for bee-ginners. Click here to read more about the Beehaus and watch a video of how it works!

Win a Bundle of Dishes for your Little’un!

Last year, we teamed up with food company Little Dish to offer you the chance to win an Eglu for Christmas. Well, they were such a lovely bunch that we decided it was time to work with them again and offer you some food for thought…

Little Dish make fresh, healthy meals for kids. They only ever use 100% natural ingredients across their range of meals (including delicious Chicken Risotto and Pasta Bolognese) and their fresh filled pasta. Each meal has been designed especially for children, having been tested and approved by their team of Tiny Tasters.

You can win 1 of 20 bundles of £20 off Little Dish in vouchers by entering our competition. Just click on this link and fill in your details for your chance to win!

Competition closes at midnight on February 28th.

Half Term Hen Parties

With half term for many kids next week, why not take the opportunity to go on a Chicken Keeping Course!? If you’ve been thinking about getting a few of your own hens, going on a course will offer you the chance to learn all you need to know to start this fantastic new hobby. Talk to a chicken keeper, handle a hen and be acquainted with an Eglu in a garden near you. You might even be treated to a piece of cake!

A few of the courses are listed below, but you can click here to find the full listing!

Chicken Keeping for Complete Beginners
Sunday 17th Feb, Nr Southampton

Comprehensive Beginners Chicken Keeping Course
Thursday 21st Feb, Nr Reading

Keeping Chickens as Pets
Sat 23rd Feb, Nr Durham

Henjoy!

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Omlet Newsletter – Wednesday, 13th January 2010

Hello!

Happy new year to all! Yes, the day has finally come for the first newsletter of 2010 and you must all be breathing a sigh of relief to hear from us again. Christmas may have been and gone but the winter weather is hanging around, so we hope this newsletter brightens your day. Enjoy!

And the Winners are…

We’ve made you wait a whole month for this newsletter so you must have all been checking your inboxes every day for the results of the two christmas competitions we set you. The moment has finally arrived to reveal the winners…we know you’re eggcited.

We asked you what you get if you cross Father Christmas with a duck. And the answer is Christmas Quackers! Lots of you emailed with the right answer but Adrianne Pizer was the winner this time. Our best-selling soldier egg cup is on its way to you!

The christmas crossword was a bit more of a challenge and hopefully you enjoyed having a go at it during the festive holiday. Most of you got the answer, but for those of you that were left scratching your head, the secret word was Christmas Tree. Our lucky winner was Karen Hall, who will receive a £25 voucher to spend in the Omlet shop. We hope you enjoy your new year treat.

Winter Worries

With the cold weather showing no sign of budging anytime soon we have been receiving a lot of calls from eglu owners worried about their chickens. There’s no need to panic – as Barbara eggsplains later on in the newsletter they will be fine in their eglu during these freezing temperatures. There are a few products that will benefit your hens during the winter chill though:

Petroleum Jelly – 450g

Protect hens from getting frostbite on their combs by rubbing on some petroleum jelly a couple of times a day.

Buy now for £3.34

Snugglesafe Microwave Heatpad with Cover

Heatpad will provide your pets with warm, cushiony comfort wherever and whenever they might need it.

Buy now for £22.50

Winter Shade

Keep your little darlings dry and comfortable in the winter months when they’re out in the run.

Buy Eglu Classic Shade for £19.98

Buy Eglu Cube Shade for £19.98

Snow Chickens

Speaking of snow it looks like lots of you have been having fun in this winter weather. There have been snow chickens popping up in the forum again and we have been very impressed by your creativity. As the snow is still falling in parts of the country why not make the most of it, and if you haven’t yet, build a snow chicken too!

And so the launch of the 2010 snow chicken competition begins…Send us your photos of your eggstraordinary sculptures and we will feature them in the next newsletter. And don’t worry if you’ve made something else out of snow, whether it’s a traditional snowman or an eglu, our favourite will win a selection of goodies from the Omlet shop.

Inspired by the photos in this newsletter? If you think you can do better what are you waiting for? Get outside and build that snow chicken! Send your photos to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Photos of real pet chickens in the snow also welcomed.

Last Chance

Were you lucky enough to find an Omlet 2010 Calendar under the Christmas tree? If Father Christmas disappointed you this year and you have spent the last two weeks missing dentist appointments and forgetting your Aunt’s birthday, there is still time to get your mitts on a calendar. We have a few left and they are now available at the reduced price of £5.00 – a small price to pay for staying organised through the year! Click here to buy yours now (and start writing in those birthday’s straight away!)

If you were a lucky recipient of our fabulous calendar you might be looking through and thinking you want to star in the next calendar. Well, it might only be January but we thought we would give you plenty of notice this time. Our calendar theme for 2011 is…Ordinary Chickens. No that is not a typo. It may sound like a title you are familiar with, but this will be very different. We agree plain old pictures of hens would be boring, so we’ve added a twist – these ordinary chickens need to be doing eggstraordinary things. Think chickens mowing the lawn, baking a cake or building a sandcastle…

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Send your photos to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Please sent photos at 300dpi.

Bees Buzz into 2010

Have you made any new year resolutions this month? Perhaps you want to beecome a bit more self sufficient and do you bit for the environment? If you started keeping chickens last year maybe the next step for you is to keep bees. The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine recently featured the A to Z of the hottest lifestyle trends for 2010, and keeping bees was one of the ‘must-do’s’.

Although it’s still snowing it won’t be long before the sun is out and we will all have a spring in our step. Spring is the perfect season to start your new beekeeping hobby and you can order your Beehaus starter kit right now to bee prepared. Click here to find out more!

Eglu Stores

It appears it is true that kids prefer to play with the box than the toy inside, as this photo proves. Sophia, Leon, Lena, Josh and George have transformed the box from their Eglu into the country’s first Eglu Stores. It is the one stop shop for free range eggs. We love what these budding hentrepreneurs have done, but one thing was missing t – all shop workers should have a uniform, so we have sent them all some Omlet badges to wear with pride while serving their customers.

So, the question is, what else can you do with an Eglu box? If your children (or yourselves) have turned the Eglu box into a car, boat or house, send us a photo. We might just send you something back!

A Tale about Quail

And now for some eggciting news…The Eglu Go and several quail will be appearing on the Alan Titchmarsh show on Monday. Alan himself keeps chickens in an Eglu, but after this brilliant feature we think he might be persuaded to get some new pets too. You can see the Eglu on ITV at 5pm on Monday. Don’t miss it!

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Omlet Newsletter December 15th 2009

Hello!

With less than two weeks until the big day the question on everyone’s lips is “Are we in for a white christmas?” Eggsperts say it is looking more likely with each day, and people all over the country are having a festive flutter on the odds. At Omlet HQ we predict that a few flakes will fall on the feathers of your hens at some point…but the eglu is so well insulated that they will be warm and cosy even during the coldest nights. Just check on their water to make sure it hasn’t frozen.

If you have become the owner of a Beehaus and a colony of bees this year you might want to think about feeding them this month. Our Bee Feed Paste is ideal and you can find out more later in the newsletter.

This is the last newsletter of 2009 and we hope it’ll get you in the Christmas spirit. Don’t worry if you’re not fully prepared yet because Tom has a fool-proof recipe for mince pies, our Veg Guru delivers advice on how to transform plants into table decorations, and there are some great ideas for last minute stocking fillers.

Merry Christmas from the Omlet team and see you next year!

Christmas Crossword

Last year’s Christmas crossword was such a success that we thought we’d give you another one to complete this yuletide. You know how it works – you answer the clues and fill in the blanks, but we’ve added a little eggstra to challenge you. Once you have completed the crossword you need to take the letters from the boxes marked green and arrange them to reveal the hidden word. When you think you know what it is email it to stephanie@omlet.co.ukAll the correct entries will be put in Santa’s hat and the lucky one to be chosen will win a £25.00 Omlet voucher. Entries need to be in by January 1st 2010. Good luck!

Across
1 – A festive food you roast and eat. (9)
3 – Goes well with a glass of sherry. (5, 4)
5 – The best agony aunt for chickens. (7)
8 – Our favourite yuletide beverage. (6)
9 – At the top of every hen’s Christmas list. (4)
10 – We’re all hoping for some of this. (4)
Down
2 – Who ate all the pies? (5, 5)
4 – One of Santa’s helpers. (6)
6 – So this is what all the buzz is about… (7)
7 – A jolly old laugh. (2, 2, 2)

Count your Chickens

We regularly deliver eglus to schools and this month one school wrote to us to tell us all about their wonderful eggsperience of the cube. Starting Point is a school for international new arrival pupils and they have used keeping hens as a fun way of learning English.

They told us: “Earlier this year, in May, we had the fantastic experience of Living Eggs. We had ten eggs and watched eagerly awaiting the arrival of chicks. This provided a truly magical experience for both pupils and staff. Pupils were able to hold the tiny chicks and watch them grow and develop, as they moved from incubator to brood box.

Choosing a new home for our growing brood involved our Eco group and they thought that this should be the very best. The Eglu cube was chosen. They decided that the chicks should have the maximum space to keep them happy and healthy. Of course green was the preferred colour of the Eco group. Our girls are very comfortable in their Eglu. We have named them Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This helps us to learn the days of the week in English!

They have been laying eggs for a few weeks now and we all take turns to feed and look after them and, of course, collect the eggs. Counting the hens and the eggs helps us to learn the numbers in English. We use the eggs in our school kitchen for our lunches every day and recently we have used them for baking our Christmas cakes. We all love the chickens.”

If you use the eglu and chickens in an interesting way in your school why not let us know? Email stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

Giant Egg Discovered

Think your hen lays whoppers? Take a look at this one! A grand old egg of no less than 130g, can you believe!? Beverlie Isaacs’ chickens usually lay 70g eggs so she was impressed by her previous record of 90g…you can imagine her suprise at this eggstraordinary discovery then. She believes it was laid by one of her gingernut rangers. Are we henvious? Just a little – after all an egg that size would make a cracking breakfast.

If you’re reading this and thinking ‘my hen laid a bigger egg than that’ let us know. Tell us the weight of the egg and send us a photo of the record breaker, to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Please don’t send us the egg itself though, as it won’t take kindly to being squeezed through a letterbox.

Read all about it

Hardly a day goes by without one of our products appearing in the press and we’re pleased to say it is all for the right reasons. This month the Beehaus has starred in Mould Technology, ‘the magazine for mouldmakers, moulders and manufacturers’…ok, you might not have heard of it, but we’ll have you know it is very popular in the plastic industry.

Then there was an article in the Times last week about keeping chickens…apparantly the number of people keeping hens in the city is growing. We’re not too surprised by that because the Omlet vans travel to cities like London, Nottingham and Manchester every day, delivering eglus.

And it’s not just the UK that’s mad about the eglu; recently it has been featured in none other than The New Yorker. There’s a six page article about keeping chickens, and the writer, Susan Orlean, has an eglu herself. She came across Omlet by typing ‘cool looking chicken coops’ into a search engine on the internet. When her hens arrived at the post office she had a phone call to say “you have a package here, and it’s clucking”. The hens are now happy in their home and Susan, along with thousands of Americans, is a proud chicken owner.


Eglu? Igloo? Who knows!


Can you crack the Christmas Crossword?


The compost bin makes a great place to hide the teacher…


…but it’s a bit of a worry when the chickens start eating the compost!


An eggstraordinary discovery


Whatever next…an appearance in Hello?

Cooking Corner

My attempts to hide from the Vicar worked. I was not asked to sing at the Village carol concert this year. However, after Milly, the Postmaster’s daughter, sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’, Barbara and I were on! The junior school needed a couple of adults to help with the nativity.

The annual Christmas fete was last weekend and we were needed to bake several cakes, puddings and mince pies. The smell of cinnamon, mixed spice and mulled wine filled the kitchen for days; we managed to get all the baking done and a few extras tucked away in the freezer!

Father Christmas has been busy all year and I am still hoping for a couple of goats. We have stored most of our vegetables in boxes of sand, pumpkins in the garage and Barbara has been non-stop, bottling fruit and tomatoes. The hens have started laying the odd egg again which is nice. They are nearly all fully feathered again, just in time for the cold weather.

Every year I see the supermarket mince pies lined up, stacked 8 foot high and I cringe at the thought of the air filled parcels of insipid mincemeat. They are so easy to make, especially with ready made pastry. I do make my own mincemeat, but shop bought is fine if you add a few extras!

Christmas Cake

350g Jar of mincemeat

340g Pack of pastry

A few optional extras

Makes approx 50 mini mince pies-
(If you want to jazz up your mincemeant start by adding chopped nuts, finely grated zest of a clementine, 4 tbsps of brandy, a handful of dried soured cherries and ½ tsp mixed spice & cinnamon. Leave overnight to allow the fruit to soak up the brandy.)

1) 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.

2) Place the bases into a small tin and fill with ½ teaspoon of the mincemeat. Put the star on top and finish with beaten egg.

3) Mix 1 heaped tablespoon of sugar with a ¼ tsp of mixed spice and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the mince pies.

4) Bake at 190C for 11-12 minutes until golden brown.

Eat straight away with a glass or two of mulled wine. Or allow to cool and freeze. They keep well for 4 weeks in the freezer. Allow an hour to defrost before serving.

Oh, what was our starring role in the nativity? Well, let’s just say ‘Eeyore’ and leave it at that!

On behalf of Barbara and I, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2010!


I spy some mince pies!

Vegging out

You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is just around the corner. As an enthusiastic gardener there is nothing I love more than to give and receive plants for gifts. It’s the gift that is always welcome and usually lasts well past 12th night. There are so many options for Christmas plants. Of course you can go down the most obvious route of buying Poinsettias or Christmas Cacti, both of which are lovely and look very attractive at this time of year, but what about something less traditional? The decision always depends on the recipient. How much do you want to spend on them? Do they have a garden, a balcony or no garden at all?

What’s their personality – traditional and chintzy or cool and contemporary?
I like to try and find a plant that has a special meaning to the person you’re sending it to and quite often rose bushes meet all the criteria. They’re pretty, scented and have fantastic names which could be linked to your recipient. The internet is a wonderful resource for finding a specific rose, for example I found ones called “ Love and Peace”, “Continued Friendship” and “Absent Friends”. You could also search for a rose with that shares the person’s name.
If you know the recipient has lots of garden space why not opt for a fruit or blossom tree? There are hundreds to choose from and they can be delivered straight to their door. If your friend doesn’t have a garden why not opt for an indoor plant. I particularly love Amaryllis; the “Christmas Star” variety is beautiful. Or how about an Orchid?

If your friend is new to gardening why not by them a selection of seeds that they can plant in Spring? A mixture of flowers and vegetable seeds would be most welcome to many people who are new to ‘grow your own’.

It’s not just gifts you have to consider it’s the decorations. If you already have lots of evergreen plants in your garden it’s easy and traditional to make your own. I like to make candle centrepieces for my Christmas table with the prunings from my garden. It’s very easy.

1) Take one large church candle, something that will stand in it’s own. Place it on a plate or any hard movable surface

2) Gather a handful of evergreen foliage from the garden (a variety of shades and shape of leaf helps).

3) Arrange the foliage around the candle using tailors pins to secure them to the candle. Spend time adding and removing until until you find a balance that suits you. (Just remember that people need to see over the centrepiece so that they can talk to each other.)

I hope you’ve had a fantastic year in your garden and that all we have learnt together will make for a bountiful year ahead. Merry Christmas!


This is a very funny looking plant…

Course host of the week

Stuart Robinson

Where do you live? Kingsway Village in Gloucester.

How long have you been keeping chickens? 3 months.

What made you decide to keep chickens? I used to look after chickens when I was young and living in Yorkshire a long time ago. I saw the new eglu and it got me thinking again.

How many chickens do you have and what are their names? I have four chickens .. Miss Doubtfire, Miss Lazy, Miss Bossy and Miss Shy.

What’s your favourite thing about the eglu? Cleaning it out and watching them while bathing. It’s a good excuse for not helping my partner cleaning the house! Ha ha.

What do you like doing when you’re not hosting hen parties? House parties with friends and family, also sitting outdoors with a log fire and a glass of wine at night!

Why did you decide to become a hen party host? I enjoy meeting people and hopefully make new friends as I’ve only lived in Gloucester for less than two years now. And also to get everyone interested to keep chickens in their garden and enjoy free eggs.

When was your first course and how did it go? On the 5th December 09…It went really well and I really enjoyed chatting to people. They really enjoyed it too.

What do your courses include? People attending the course will receive homemade cake and goody bags!

What’s the best thing about being a hen party host? It’s a great way to make new friends and get more eglus and chickens in Gloucester.

Why should people attend a course? People should attend a course if they are unsure about keeping chickens. Many think that chickens are high maintenance, smelly and noisy but that’s not true. I’m happy to show people how the system works and how easy the eglu is to maintain compared to the wooden shed. It is easy to use and easy to keep chickens. Additionally, keeping chickens educates children and they will love them more than a dog, rabbit or even goldfish. I do have my own jack russell and he loves following them in the garden, only to get told off by Miss Doubtfire.

Upcoming Course:
Hen party beginners
Sat, 19th December 2009, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Gloucester

Click here to book now

EXTRA PRE-CHRISTMAS BOOKING Hen party beginners

Wed, 23rd December 2009, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Gloucester

Click here to book now


Stuart – caught cleaning the cube again.


Little does this Jack Russell know he’s about to be karate chopped by Miss Pepperpot!


People often spot faces in clouds, could spotting faces in eggs be more fun?

Star Products!

Here is just a small selection, go online to see the full range.

Grow my First Pocket Garden

‘Gardening’ and ‘fun’ aren’t usually two words that kids would put together, but with the Grow My First range of pocket gardens being green-fingered really can be great!

This sachet contains everything needed to grow beautiful plants and there are a few extras that make it more exciting. Every child likes colouring in and on the front of the packet is a picture of the plant to colour in before growing. There are cool facts on the back of the packet that kids will love to read, suddenly making those boring peas and carrots seem like food for superheroes. And the best bit is the the yummy recipe attached that be pulled off and kept .

Kids that wouldn’t normally touch fruit or veggies might just learn to love them them after growing and cooking them themselves.

Buy now for £5.00

Bee Feed Paste 2.5kg

Many beekeepers like to give their bees a Christmas Present of a block of fondant in late December or early January. This minimises the risk of your bees running out of stores before the first nectar flow in the spring.

This fondant is made mainly of sucrose. It contains micro-fine crystals which are coated with a thin layer of syrup made of dissolved sugars. It can be carried by the bees easily and swallowed directly. It is ready to use with no need to add water, it can be effortlessly converted into energy by the bees and it can be kept for months if stored carefully.

Bee feed fondant can be moulded and used directly on the frames or put in an old ice cream tub with a hole cut in the lid and then placed over the feeder board inside a super.

Buy now for £4.70

Baby Boy & Baby Girl Egg Cups

A child’s first taste of a boiled egg is a very special moment in their lifetime. That is why every baby deserves their very own egg cup to enjoy their first real breakfast, and this one is eggstra special.

Made from china, with a simple, blue or pink design, this is a traditional piece with a contemporary twist that would make a beautiful keepsake for every baby. It make a unique alternative to the usual birth, christening or Christmas gifts – after all, there’s only so many pairs of booties a little lad or lass can take.

When the lucky recipient’s old enough to dip his first soldier into that dippy yolk there will be no going back to luke-warm ready brek!

Made with love and care in a design studio in Stoke-on-Trent.

Buy now for £9.49

Peter Rabbit Notebook & Bookmark

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter…

The tale of Peter Rabbit is a classic and everyone loves the famous bunny’s sweet and mischievous character. But if you are inspired by Beatrix Potter to write stories about your own pet rabbit you will need a notebook to get your started.

This charming notebook is perfect for your notes, drawings and best selling novel. With a double debossed cover, silver gilt lettering and illustrated inside front pages, it has been produced in the style of the original edition.

If you’re about to delve into your favourite Beatrix Potter book for the 100th time you’ll need a bookmark as delightful as the book itself. This bookmark is charming. It features a wonderful illustration taken from the book, of Peter doing what he does best – naughtily nibbling some radishes from Mr Mcgregor’s prized vegetable patch. That rascally rabbit!

Buy the notebook for £8.99

Buy the bookmark for £2.00

Omlet world

Christmas around the Omlet World!

America

Name: Santa Claus

Food: Americans usually eat their Christmas dinner on Christmas eve. As turkey is eaten during thanksgiving, a lot of families serve beef or ham as the centrepiece, usually with corn and squash instead of sprouts. Dessert can be plum pudding, pumpkin pie or cookies.

Fun: The Christmas tree is very important – the bigger the better for many families. They are decorated with baubles, tinsel, candy canes and strings of popcorn.

France

Name: Père Noël

Food: Christmas dinner is traditionally a very long meal with lots of courses, including foie gras, smoked salmon and goose. Dessert is usually La Buche de Noel which means Christmas log. It is a cream cake in the shape of a log in different flavours. Champagne is the choice of drink.

Fun: Apart from all the champagne? Families in France will open their presents on Christmas day and children are treated to lots of candy canes and chocolate coins.

Germany

Name: Weihnachtsmann

Food: On Christmas Eve it is traditional to eat sausages and potato salad. Christmas dinner is usually goose with red cabbage, dumplings and gravy, always finished off with a stollen.

Fun: On 5th December, children clean their shoes ready for St Nicholas to come and fill them with treats. On Christmas eve they have a visit from Weihnachtsmann – he knocks on the door and the kids have to tell him that they’ve been good. They then sing a song for him and he will give them a present.

Holland

Name: Sinterklaas

Food: It’s not tradition to have a turkey dinner with gravy and stuffing here. A lot of families enjoy gourmet dining on Christmas day. They sit around a gourmet-set and use their own little frying pans to cook their own food, of meat, fish and vegetables. Stollen is a popular alternative to Christmas pudding.

Fun: Sinterklaas visits homes on December 5th and fills children’s shoes full of small gifts. Presents are not given so much on Christmas day.

Omlet team

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Omlet Newsletter November 27th 2009

Hello!

With just three days to go until we can open the first doors on our advent calendars it is definitely time to get into the festive spirit. Feel free to indulge in mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas films, but make sure you are on your best behaviour so that Santa pays you a visit this year. Why not start making your list now from our online shop?

While you’re enjoying the holiday season don’t forget about your pets. The weather has been horrible recently, so make sure you always remember to shut your hens in the eglu when it gets really blustery. They will be safe and sound and you won’t need to worry about them being blown away!

 Grab it while you can!

Omlet’s first calendar is selling quickly and there are only a limited number available. Remember, you won’t find this 2010 calendar in any shops so it makes a unique and unusual gift for someone this Christmas. Every chicken, rabbit, guinea pig and bee keeper would be delighted to find this under their Christmas tree as it will give them loads of top tips and advice for the year ahead.

Catch a copy of the calendar while you can!

These are now in stock and ready to send so get your mits on them before they sell out.

Christmas Gifts Galore!

Our elves have been busy all year making lots of wonderful toys and gifts, and now with less than one month to go until Christmas we have switched on the festive category. Click here to see our choice of favourites suitable for everyone…even the pets.

From chocolate chickens to brilliant bookmarks to eggstraordinary egg cups you will find that perfect gift for the person that has everything. And with stocking fillers starting from just 40p there is something to suit all budgets. So with only a few weeks of shopping time left, why not get started now.


Introducing the new Christmas gift section

Spot the Van!

We have had a very eggciting new arrival at Omlet HQ this month, and a few of you may have had the honour of meeting it. It’s not a new member of staff, a baby or even a chicken, but something just as special…the new Omlet van. What a beauty, even if we do say so ourselves! The new van is the first to feature the Beehaus and a very happy beekeeper.

Our vans travel up and down the country delivering eglus and beehauses to eggcited customers every day. You’ve probably seen one even if they haven’t delivered to you so the next time you do, take a photo of it and send it to us. The best photo we receive before the end of the year will be awarded a very special prize, but for every entry we receive we will send you a free car sticker, so you too can drive around and spread the Omlet word.


Hayley couldn’t beelieve she was on the side of the van!

Email your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk

Mmm Marmite!

In the last newsletter we asked you to vote whether your chickens love or hate marmite. So far it seems that there are no hens that hate the british breakfast spread, in fact, most can’t get enough of it. Apparantly it has some health benefits too – it works as a great appetite booster for some chickens when they go off their food.

Do you love marmite? Take a peak at our Egg Cup of the Month…it’s sure to be a winner!

Rachel’s Roosting Cats!

The Eglu is available for chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and even quail, but as of yet there is no versian for cats. Demand grows daily for the Catlu though, and hens all over the country are being pushed out by jealous felines.

Rachel recently told us about her three new cats’ reaction to the eglu and its resident chickens.

“My 3 persian cats are new to the chickens from Omlet, as they only arrived a few weeks ago. Miss Money-Penny is far too posh to even venture outside to take a look incase she gets dirty! Garfield thinks he is a chicken and trys to roost anytime the eglu run door is open! Twinkle copies Garfield but she also likes to do egg inspection! They both enter the eglu via the run and first have a drink from Glug. Then they roost, or egg collect, then finally they check out the Grub!”

The photos are proof that the eglu is the accommodation most preferred by posh pussycats!


Garfield’s gingernut ranger disguise works every time…


and he hopes that if he nests for long enough he’ll lay an egg too!

Cooking corner

Egg Cup Set Marmite

It’s true what they say about Marmite – you either love it or hate it, but even if you can’t stand the stuff we think you’ll love these egg cups as much as we do.

Mix the retro marmite logo with a splash of colour in the pop art style and you have an iconic image of british taste, perfect for the breakfast table. Choose from four cool colours to brighten up your morning and make your boiled egg taste even better.

Presented in a gift box this makes a great set for giving away to fans of marmite, boiled eggs or all things funky!

Made from fine porcelain and dishwasher safe.

Buy now for £12.00

The coolest egg cups this christmas

Vegging out

Dear Barbara,

I keep finding strange white flakes on my hens and in the nest and droppings tray. What are they? Do my hens have lice?”

If your hens have been moulting over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that your hens developed porcupine like spikes as the new feathers come through the skin. The feathers are protected by a sheath rather like a plastic drinking straw and as the feather emerges, this flakes away, allowing the feather to unfurl. I think that you’re finding little pieces of these protective sheaths which have fallen off when your hens have been preening themselves. There is no need to worry at all as it is just part of the moulting process. However, it is always a good idea to check your hens regularly all year round for skin parasites. Mites can’t be seen easily with the naked eye but they leave the skin looking sore, red and featherless. Lice can be spotted quite easily. The hot spots where lice tend to hide are around the vent, under the wings, round the abdomen and chest and the neck area. Ruffle the feathers against the direction of growth and look for little scuttling creatures or tiny cream eggs stuck to the feather shafts. If you come across any, you can get louse/mite powders from the Omlet Shop.

Dear Barbara,

My hens insist on sleeping in the nest and every morning, they leave it full of droppings. Is there anything I can do to stop them please?”

Some hens do like to sleep in the nest and while this isn’t necessarily a problem, it can mean that the eggs get very dirty as you’ve already discovered, chickens produce copious amounts of droppings overnight and these can

accumulate in the nest, making it very dirty indeed. Also in

warm weather, the nest is a wonderfully cosy, warm place and this can encourage a hen to go broody as this is triggered by a rise in body temperature. If the hens sleep in the nest and get warm overnight, they may like being there so much that they refuse to get off the nest! A good way to

encourage them to roost on the bars where it is cooler and their droppings will fall into the tray beneath the bars is to put something in the nest to block it overnight. I’ve used a bag of barbecue charcoal in the past to keep them out but a football, brick, upturned plant pot or even a garden ornament will do the job nicely. This should do the trick and they’ll learn that the roosting bars are for sleeping on. Do make sure that you remember to remove it in the morning to allow them to lay eggs though.

Barbara’s Star Photo of the Month

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Forget scarves, hens are this season’s must have eggcessory!

Course host of the week

Matthew Rollason

About You

Your name and age: Matthew Rollason and I am 13 yrs of age.

Your occupation: Egg producer (4 the neighbours).

Where do you live? I live in Whitefield, Manchester with my parents and sister.

What pets do you have? Chickens and a sheep called Delia.

Which is your favourite season? Spring.

What would you choose as your last supper? Fish and chips.

What is the most important thing you have ever lost? My digital camera (it’s still lost).

Do you have a hobby or a hidden talent? Looking after my hens is my hobby.

What song do you most like dancing to? Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

About Your Chickens

What are your chickens called? Aggie, Lily, Hyacinth and Lizzy.

What do your chickens like eating more than anything else? Corn.

How many eggs do you get a week and what’s your favourite way of preparing them? Three and I like em boiled served with toast.

Do you bake more cakes now you have your own chickens?
Yeah I love to bake with my own hens eggs.

Do your chickens have a party trick? All 4 of them attempt to sit on the eglu nest box at once.

What’s been the most surprising thing about keeping chickens?
Their intelligence and watching them play in the garden.

Can you imagine life without chickens?
No they are fantastic.


Matthew demonstrates the henlich manoeuvre


Worm watching is the best kind of hentertainment for these hens.


Even pumpkins like to roost in the nesting box!

Star Products!

Here is just a small selection, go online to see the full range.

Chocolate Glittery Eggs – Box of 9

Chocolate eggs are for life, not just for Easter! This box of 9 pretty, glittery, chocolate eggs makes a gorgeous gift anytime of the year. Handmade from the finest belgian chocolate these sweet treats are the perfect way to show someone how much you care. Just try not to eat them first.

A perfectly posh stocking filler!

Buy now for £6.45

Doormat – Beware of the Bees

Forget guard dogs, bees are the way forward to protecting your home. No burglar will dare step inside your house if they think they might get attacked by a swarm of stingers, and this doormat will warn unwanted guests early what they are letting themselves in for. They’ll cower away before you can say ‘buzz off’!

Measures approx 75 x 45 cm

Buy now for £24.46

Mini Magnetic Cookery Bookmarks

Anyone with a love of cooking will know that there are times in the kitchen that can turn out more chaotic than calming and these crazy times usually involve numerous different dishes being cooked at once. Flick to your Coq au Vin recipe whilst preparing your Creme Brulee and you could end up with a diabolical dessert…anyone for chickeny custard? We thought not!

With this nifty set of mini bookmarks you can eliminate confusion in the kitchen. Use to mark multiple recipes in one book and make flicking between them as easy as pie.

Buy now for £2.99

Soft Toy Chicken with Sound

It’s never too early to introduce children to chickens, but real hens aren’t always the best for cuddling. This soft toy chicken is a safe bet for tiny tots and it will put up with all the squeezing and cuddling a toddler can muster. Babies will love the bright colours and the soft fabric, and the best bit is the wonderful chirping sound it makes when you squeeze it’s tummy.

After a few days the noise may drive you mad but your child will love it!

Buy now for £8.49

Omlet world

The eglu cube is starring in this month’s ‘Living the Country Life’ holiday gift guide. This American magazine features articles on raising goats, growing christmas trees and keeping cattle, but if that sounds a bit too much for you there are also some fabulous, festive cookie recipes too. And homemade cookies taste so much better when made with eggs from your own happy hens.

If you live in the USA and you’d like to buy someone a cube as a gift to last a lifetime, just visit the website below.

Omlet World
It might not fit under the Christmas tree but an eglu cube makes a brilliant gift!

Omlet team

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