|Free Egg Cosies!
Did you know that May is National Egg Month? Well the month is almost over but we couldn’t go without celebrating this cracking event. So in order to get you eating and enjoying eggs even more, this week we are offering a free egg cosy with every egg cup order.
Our range of egg cups is eggstraordinary, with everything from the very quaint egg cup tea cups to the arty marmite egg cup set to an egg cup that looks like Tarzan! You’ll find egg cups for all the family and they will all help to make breakfast time a little more fun. So why not treat yourself and the kids?
But any egg cup this week and get a free bee hive egg cosy.
Simply add your egg cup to the shopping basket and enter this promo code: EGGMONTH2011
The Omlet Blog Archives: May 2011
Rabbit Awareness Week
Rabbits are the third most popular pet, with between 1.6 – 2 million pet rabbits in Britain today. With their floppy ears and fluffy tails it’s easy to see why kids and adults love bunnies, but, as with all pets, they need a lot of care and attention to be happy and healthy. With the right treatment rabbits can live for over 10 years, but unfortunately a lot of bunnies out there aren’t looked after properly.
Rabbit Awareness Week takes place once a year to raise awareness of caring for bunnies. The RAW website is full of information about the needs of rabbits, including advice on diet, environment and company, and there are lots of other great things going on like free health checks with vets. RAW will be running from Monday 23rd to Friday 29th May and you can visit the website for more information.
What better time to give your rabbit some TLC…and maybe even a new home, because we are offering 10% off all Rabbit Eglus if you place your order by the end of May. Just add the Eglu to your shopping basket and use this code: EGLURABBIT
Omlet Treasure Hunt
It’s not every day that we have a newsletter dedicated to rabbits (once a year, in fact), so we thought it was a good time to launch an extra special competition. Enter our Rabbit Awareness Week Treasure Hunt and you could win a brand spanking new Rabbit Eglu, along with a month’s supply of Burgess Excel food and some other rabbit goodies, worth a grand total of over £500!
How do you win this wonderful prize, we hear you cry…it’s simple. Over the next week you will need to visit different pages to pick up our secret passwords. There will be one password to collect at 10am on each day of RAW, and you will need to pick up each one to find the clue to the next one. Once you have collected all five passwords you just need to send them along with your name, address and phone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you missed a day don’t panic, because the passwords will all remain in their secret spots until Sunday 29th May. You have until midnight on the 29th to send in your entries. The winner will be chosen at random, and there are two runner-up prizes up for grabs too.
You’ll find your first clue and password on our Facebook page, on Monday. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Facebook account because you can still view the page without one. Good luck!
World’s Smallest Rabbit
Last year we told you about the world’s largest rabbit, so this year we thought we’d visit the other end of the spectrum…The world’s smallest rabbit is the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, found in a single area in Washington. Pygmy rabbits are also one of the rarest breeds of rabbit, being declared extinct in the wild in the 90s, after the remaining 14 bunnies were taken into protection. No one was successful in breeding this species in captivity, until 2001, when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife asked the Oregon Zoo to help. Since then the zoo has bred over 70 baby pygmy bunnies and they paint the ears in different colour patterns to tell them apart.
The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit is tiny, weighing less than a pound when fully grown, and it will easily fit into the palm of your hand. Now, compare that to last year’s featured bunny Darius, at 3 stone 7 pounds, and you can imagine the size difference!
The Important of Fibre
Just like humans, rabbits need fibre in their diet. Our friends from Burgess explain all:
“Rabbits need two kids of fibre in their diet; digestible and indigestible. The first gives them essential nutrients and the second keeps their digestive system moving effectively. Now for the science bit… Indigestible fibre passes through their digestive system and is excreted as separate, round hard droppings. This process keeps the digestive system moving and stimulates the appetite.
Digestible fibre is moved up into an organ called the caecum – this is like a giant appendix. Good bacteria in the caecum ferment the fibre (making it easy to digest) which then emerges in the form of clumps of sticky droppings called caecotrophs. Rabbits then re-eat the caecotrophs and their systems extract essential nutrition as the digestible fibre passes through for a second time.
Failing to provide adequate portions of the right kind of fibre can rapidly lead to illness and can sometimes be fatal.”
There are loads of good rabbit food available that are designed to give your pets the fibre and nutrients they need, but one ideal option is the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan. You can read the plan and buy the food by visiting the website. Burgess Excel are offering Omlet members money off coupons for Herbage/Forage and Nature Snacks. Simply print out these vouchers and redeem at any good pet food retailer. And don’t forget you can win some brilliant Burgess food in this month’s mega competition!
The Bunny Museum
Now to a couple who really appreciate rabbits. Husband and wife team Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee love bunnies so much that they have over 28,000 of them (that’s toy bunnies, not real). As of March 25th this year they officially set the world record for the largest collection of bunny rabbits, with a grand total of 28,423, to be exact. Their collection is so big that the couple have opened their own Bunny Museum, in their home, in California, which they call ‘the hoppiest place in the world’. It’s free to visit, and it must be the only museum that’s open 365 days of the year! If you fancy taking a visit to see their terrific collection you are encouraged to take some fresh fruit and veg with you, for their seven real pet bunnies. Don’t take carrots though – they’re fed up with them!
The Omlet Team
EcoBed Cardboard Bedding
Introducing new EcoBed Cardboard Bedding, an easy to use bedding suitable for chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. Made from clean, uncontaminated offcuts cardboard, it is a great choice for comfort and cleanliness and it’s very cost-effective.
EcoBed is highly absorbant, meaning that the top surface stays dry and odourless. The corrugated card helps to trap air, meaning the bed is warm, insulated and virtually dust-free. And when you’re chickens are ready for a change of bedding, the EcoBed can be poured straight onto the compost heap, as it’s fully biodegradable.
This 20kg bale is enough to fill around 80 nesting boxes or 60 dropping trays . At the usual price of £9.00 that works out as little as 12p per fill, but this week we are offering it at a special introductory price of £8.00, making it just 10p per fill!
Win Win Win!
Fancy getting your mits on an eggtastic prize? This week you can win three of our top selling egg products; ‘Eggs’ book by Michel Roux, an Egg Skelter in the colour of your choice, and your choice of novelty egg cup. This prize is worth almost £35 and all you need to do to win it is send us your best chicken or egg jokes. Just email your joke to email@example.com, with ‘Joke Competition’ as the subject line. If it cracks us up you’re onto a winner!
We know we’ve forgotten the kids recently, so this week there’s a special competition for them too! Send us your jokes about creepy crawlies and you could win a Big Bug Magnifier, Earthworm Nursery and Living Twig Kit. The subject line for your emails should be ‘Kids Joke Competition’. You have until Sunday 15th to enter so good luck!
There were loads of entries to our Easter Competition of ‘guess the number of eggs in the flower pot’, and several people were clever enough to guess the correct number of eggs as 30. We could only choose one winner though, and the lucky lady was Catriona Heeraman. She wins 12m of the New Omlet Chicken Netting. She’s thrilled to have won and we hear her girls are really looking forward to getting there home eggstended!
In the Press
If you read the Times you might have spotted an article on keeping Quail last weekend. The lovely lady in the photo was Cathie Phillips, one of our hen party hosts. She is a bit of an eggspert in keeping quail and the journalist went on one of her courses to learn all about the latest craze! The quote of the article had to be: “Phillips quails, like mine, are housed in an Eglu, which is probably the best way of keeping birds without turning your garden into a self-service takeaway for local foxes.”
Meanwhile, in Germany, the Beehaus has appeared in magazine called Garten! Trends – that’s Garden Trends to you and me. The rather stylish glossy mag has a Honeymoon feature, with accessories for busy bees and beekeepers, including the yellow Beehaus. It’s good to see other countries picking up on the beekeeping trend!
Easter might be over but we just couldn’t resist sharing this seasonal story with you… One couple in Ohio created a cracking Easter display in their garden, using none other than broken egg shells. They spent weeks preparing for the display, designing it carefully and painting every eggshell. And can you believe there were more than 30,000 of them!? How eggstraordinary!
The Manolios have been creating eggshell displays every Easter since 1957 so they are very eggsperienced, but this one was bigger and better than ever before. The display featured a huge cross, cartoon characters and the word ‘Eggshelland’, and apparantly the kids love it. They have had to work hard though, visiting a local restaurant every morning between Thanksgiving and Easter to collect eggshells.
Limited Edition Fried Egglu
You may have heard of the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. They are a charity that re-home ex-battery hens, giving them a second chance at a happy life. Many Eglu owners have chosen to re-home ex-batts in the past, and now one very special family has just re-homed the 250,000th.
To celebrate reaching the milestone of quarter of a million, BHWT held a special event at the charity’s headquarters in Devon, with loads of press, supporters and volunteers. There were lots of families looking to keep chickens and the Dawsons chose the 250,000th hen. They then got a brilliant surprise when they were presented with the first limited edition ‘Fried Egglu’ from Omlet. The chicken has been named Kate, in the spirit of the Royal Wedding, and we think the Eglu really is fit for a princess!
Feeling rather henvious of the Dawson family? Well, you might be interested to know that we have 49 more of the Fried Egglus at Omlet HQ, and they will be available to buy shortly. Omlet will be donating £20 from each Fried Egglu to the BHWT. Keep an eye on the website for more information. If you can’t wait email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might remember that a couple of years ago two of our chickens starred in a play in London. Jerusalem was a funny and hentertaining play based around the rural life and was shown at the Royal Court Theatre throughout the Summer. Well, we thought we’d heard the last of that, but eggciting news just in…Jerusalem has now made it to Broadway!
Jez Butterworth originally wrote the play in New York, so although the play is about life in England, he thought it was only natural to bring Jerusalem back to where it was born. And we’re so glad he did, because our girls are becoming the biggest hens in showbiz! And as if things couldn’t get any better, the play has just been nominated for six 2011 Tony Awards. The chickens are bigger than Barbara Streisand!
Jerusalem is showing at the Music Box Theatre until the end of July. We are still waiting for our comp tickets as guests of the chickens but let us know if you go. To find out more or to order tickets visit the website!
From the Omlet Team