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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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