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The Omlet Blog Archives: March 2012

Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 30th March 2012

Time to Start Incubating

Spring is an eggcellent time of the year. It’s great to have a bit of sunshine after the gloomy winter, and the longer days mean there’s more time to get outside for a spot of walking, gardening or chicken keeping. Easter is a cracking time for relaxing and eating a bit of chocolate, but it’s also the perfect time of year to start incubating!

Whether you are an eggsperienced hatcher or brand new to the world of chicks, incubating and hatching eggs is a fascinating and eggciting hobby, as well as a brilliant lesson in science and nature. It’s not as tricky as you might think, and if you use the right equipment and follow all the rules, you should have a cute clutch of chicks before you know it.

We have recently eggspanded our range of products for incubation and rearing and we are proud to be stockists of Brinsea, the best in the business of hatching. We have incubators to suit all needs and budgets, from the Mini Eco suitable for 10 eggs, to the Octagon 40 Advance for up to 48 eggs. To make things easy peasy there’s even a complete Starter Pack, with everything needed to get started in small scale egg incubation.

Read our online Incubation Guide to find out how to start incubating your own eggs. Find out why it’s a good idea to breed chickens, how to incubate naturally and how to use incubators, with great tips and lovely photos! And if you do decide to give incubation a go, please send us some photos…or even better, upload them on the website and get £1 for each one we display!

A chick is for life, not just for Easter!

Eglu Classic on Eggsibition

It’s official, the Eglu is an iconic piece of British Design that will go down in history! We’ve always known that anyway, of course, but the Eglu’s latest appearance, in none other than the Victoria and Albert Museum, just goes to prove it! We are really eggcited that the Eglu is on display in the V&A’s latest exhibition “British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age”. With over 300 British Design objects, this exhibition highlights significant moments in design history in the last 50 years. Along with the Eglu Classic, there are hundreds of other iconic products, vehicles, architecture, clothing and art. Exhibits include the famous union jack Sex Pistols poster, a Mary Quant mini dress, the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sleeve and the original Dyson vacuum cleaner.

The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow and will run until August 12th, so you’ve got plenty of time to go and visit. We were lucky enough to have a sneak preview and it is definitely worth a trip! Check out the website for more information.

As well as featuring in the exhibition, Omlet also get a spot in the supporting book, and we will be keeping it safe on the bookshelves at Omlet HQ for years to come!

The Eglu Classic is on display in British Design Eggsibition at the V & A

Allergy Free Eggs in Development

For years, those unlucky enough to have an allergy to eggs will have missed out on a whole world of tasty foods. There might be egg-free alternatives to cake and pastries, but there’s no substitution for a fried egg in a full english, or poached eggs in eggs benedict. And let’s not even go down the omelette route! So we were amazed to hear recent news that scientists are getting closer to developing allergy-free eggs.

It may sound like a miracle, but eggsperts have discovered that they can ‘switch off’ allergens in eggs. These eggs will produce chickens that lay allergy-free eggs, while the genes and DNA of the chicken remain unaltered. They say “we are simply modifying the proteins within the egg whites to produce chickens which lay allergy-free eggs.”

This is a three year research project that has only just begun, but the eggsperts believe that allergy-free eggs could be in the supermarket within 5-10 years.

We think this is eggcellent news for allergy sufferers, and we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the brilliance of dippy eggs and soldiers soon!

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Omlet Newsletter – Monday, 26th March 2012

With less than two weeks to go until Easter it’s time to get stocked up with gifts for the family. Although we agree that Easter eggs are yummy, we think that our range of gorgeous egg cups filled with chocolates are a much better option. With just the right amount of tasty chocolate to keep the kids happy (and not sick) and the bonus of a fun and funky egg cup to use for years to come, these make eggcellent gifts!

Even better news, our Easter Egg Cups are now just £5.00 each! There are seven delightful designs to choose from and they are perfect for the whole family.

Order yours today and beat the high street rush!

The Omlet Team

P.S If you’re looking for something even more special this Easter why not try incubating your own eggs? Check out our great selection of Incubators to get started!

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Omlet Newsletter – Wednesday, 14th March 2012

Eglu Cube now in Yellow!

Spring has arrived in style at Omlet HQ. The sun has been shining, the wooly jumpers have gone, and the brightest Eglu yet has just landed in our garden. So bright, you might need your sunglasses to see it, the latest Eglu Cube in yellow is sure to put a spring in your step!

The Eglu Cube has never been available in this colour before, and we are very eggcited to offer it as a limited edition addition to the range. Whether you already have an Eglu in every colour, of you are thinking of keeping chickens for the first time, why not choose the Daffodil Yellow version to bring the sunshine to your garden every day!? One thing’s for sure – your chickens will never have a problem finding their way home!

Order your Yellow Cube today and you could have a flock of hens keeping you hentertained throughout Spring. In fact, you could be collecting your first eggs in time for Easter…That’s far better than a chocolate egg if you ask us!

Click here for more information or to order yours today!

Now this is a chicken house to yell-ow about!

Qute in QUO Magazine

This month we are eggcited to have appeared in Spanish science magazine QUO. The monthly Spanish-language mag has included a feature on products for pets, showing both the Eglu Classic and Qute, among some other pretty cool gizmos for animals.

Although our Spanish isn’t brilliant, we’ve managed to translate their wording using the power of the internet, and it seems to be a glowing report! Marta has concluded that Qute is is an odour-free option for housing hamster, with good ventilation and an easily removable drawer for cleaning. And she thinks the Eglu is a cool hen house with a space for hatching eggs and removable dropping tray, making keeping chickens easy. Fantastico!

Too tiny to read? Click above to see the full feature!

Bees have Personalities too!

We all know that bees are clever little creatures, building their comb, doing their waggle dance and producing lovely honey, but scientists have just discovered that there is even more to these amazing insects than we realised. It seems that just like humans, bees have different personalities!

Some humans love thrills and adventures and some prefer to play it safe…and it goes for bees too. Researchers have discovered that the bees that go searching for food show novelty-seeking behaviour, and some of their genes match those seen in vertebrates. These honeybee scouts go out to find new sourches of food with no direction, while non-scouts stay safely at home until they are told where to go.

When looking at differences between the scouts and non-scouts, researchers found over 1000 differently expressed genes, several of which relate to the chemicals catecholamine, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid. These are known to regulate novelty-seeking and responding to rewards in humans.

Still with us? Well, the clever guys decided to try playing with the levels of these chemicals to see if it would have an effect on the bees behaviour…which it did. By increasing the glutamate activity (involved in memory and novelty-seeking in humans) they managed to increase the likelihood of a bee acting as a scout, or making it more of a thrill-seeker.

So, we’re not that different after all!

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