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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 29th June 2012

Keep Calm and Keep Chickens

Have you been shocked at the price of your food shop recently? You’re not alone! No matter how careful you are, and how well you plan your meals, the fact is that food prices are on the increase .

But, as supermarket prices rise, self sufficiency is becoming more popular, with growing your own fruit and veg, brewing your own beer and keeping chickens all making a resurgence.

Keeping hens in your back garden is a great way to taste a slice of that good life, and it will save you money. Did you know that it currently costs £3.60 for a dozen free range eggs in Sainsburys? With your own chickens you’ll get those 12 eggs every week, for free, saving you a whopping £160 a year. You can buy an Eglu Go from £235, so it could take as little as 18 months to cover the cost (eggscluding the minimal price of chicken feed).

The Eglu Go makes keeping chickens easy and straightforward. Made from plastic, it is incredibly quick to clean, and you won’t run the risk of a red-mite infestation. The double walled construction gives brilliant insulation, keeping hens warm in winter and cool in summer, and you can collect eggs without disturbing the chickens. There’s no need to fear Mr Fox, because the optional Eglu Run has a unique anti-tunnel skirt that will stop predators from tunnelling in, and you can shut the hens in the house at night so that they don’t get a scare.

The Eglu Go has loads of other great features too, so click here to find out more!

And, did we mention that eggs from your own hens taste a million times better than those from a supermarket?!

Keeping just 2 chickens could save you £160 of eggs a year! What better eggscuse to get an Eglu?

Safari Park Adopts Bees

We’ve always argued the case that plastic beats wooden in the animal housing stake, but now that theory is being put to the test with a project called ‘Plastic Fantastic’. It’s the Beehaus VS. the wooden beehive in the experiment at Knowsley Safari Park…and we know what we’ve got our money on!

This exciting new project is aiming to uncover the most effective way to protect British honey bees, testing the success of traditional National Cedar hives against the modern, plastic Beehaus. A total of 200,000 bees are being split between the two types of hive at two different sites, and they will be tested over three years. There will be studies on the colony performance, bee health and resistance to disease, and the honey production. And, boy will there ‘bee’ a lot of honey, all of which will be sold to fund further research.

Project Leader, John Moran, said: “We can’t wait to get this project underway, and find out once and for all which hive is the ideal habitat for our British bees.

Although we’d love the Beehaus to come out tops, we bee-lieve that this is a fantastic project whatever the outcome, bee-cause bees are the key to our ecosystem! And if you want to learn about keeping bees, and helping the planet, click here to read our guide!

It’s Good to Share

Chickens are lovers not haters, as Louisa Rowell has proven this month with a photo of her hens happily sharing a bowl of cous cous with the family’s Parson Terrier! It’s eggstraordinary to see the whole herd, plus dog, eating together with no arguments…after all, that doesn’t happen with most families, let alone pets.

We think Buffy, Bella, Bow, Penny, Maisy, Lilly and Billy-Jack deserve to star in this newsletter for demonstrating a sharing and caring nature. Bravo!

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