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  1. It took my ladies a few days to get the hang of it. I put a light at the back of the Eglu for the first few nights, and that seemed to help. I got a cheap battery powered LED light with a remote control so I could switch it off once they were inside and had settled down.
  2. Out of interest, what are the differences between the old and new models?
  3. I have the same general philosophy as you do - I let my chickens decide for themselves how they want to live, and so long as they’re not in any danger, I let them get on with it. It’s great to hear that your four chickens are getting a much better life. Maybe they just feel safer close together, or prefer the cosiness of the nesting area. If they haven’t used the roosting bars in 2 months, I suspect they’re unlikely to change their routine by choice. In your situation, I’d be tempted to take the bars out and put in something like wood shavings to see what happens. If they make use of the extra space, that’s great. If they stay in the nesting area, you’ll know that’s what they prefer and you may as well put the roosting bars back for easier maintenance.
  4. I’m in New Zealand, so a bit cooler than Perth, but I leave my coop door open all the time. It can get reasonably hot, and hens struggle with heat. However, my coop is inside a secure run, and I have an autodoor on the outside of the run, so I know they’re secure at night even with the coop door open. if your run is secure, I’d leave the coop door open. I’ve noticed that my ladies all have a good drink before bedtime.
  5. After a few false starts, and a bit of squawking, all 4 managed to get into the coop tonight. Yay!
  6. Thanks! Gladys and Hilda are real characters, and I’ve become very attached to them. The two Wyandottes are still settling in, and are very quiet and nervous at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll also become part of the family in time.
  7. So the two Wyandottes seem to be getting on OK with Gladys and Hilda during the day....but Gladys and Hilda won’t let them into the Eglu at night. I guess I just have to be a bit more patient until they get their pecking order sorted out!
  8. Thank you! That's very useful information, and very encouraging! Thanks! It's looking good for these 2 being female. The council won't allow us to keep roosters here, so I really need them to be hens!!
  9. Thanks for the reply. I think you’re right that they’re probably younger. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are hens, and your thoughts are encouraging. We’re not allowed to keep roosters here, so I’d have to return them if they were male, and I really don’t want to have to do that!
  10. Would anyone be able to tell me if this pair are male or female please? I’m told they’re Wyandottes (although possibly a cross between 2 varieties), and about 6 months old. However, the previous owner had a fairly large and gloriously chaotic collection of free ranging chickens, and I’m not convinced he could keep track of what he had, so this may not be 100% accurate. They’re both still quite nervous and not used to people, so photos are a bit difficult to get. Any information would be appreciated!
  11. Yes, that's how it works if you have set it to close based on light levels. If you close it manually before the light level has been reached for automatic closing, it will open again. I've been caught out with that one too!
  12. I suspect you're right. I spotted Hilda sitting behind a Yucca this morning, and sure enough, there was an egg 10 minutes later. She seems happy, so I'm not too worried!
  13. Unfortunately, there’s no pattern to when she lays, just like there’s no pattern to where she lays. it can be literally any time of the day! I’ve seen her laying at all times from very early morning through to late afternoon. She’s a Polish chicken, and they’re not prolific layers. She does lay most days during the height of summer (it’s summer now here in New Zealand), but it’s usually more than 24 hours between eggs. Thanks for the suggestion though!
  14. Any tips on getting a chicken to use the nesting box in the Eglu Cube? Hilda free ranges all day with her best pal Gladys, and they both happily go to bed in the Cube every night without any fuss (it took them a few days to get used to it, but they seem to love it now). Gladys always lays her eggs in the nesting box, but Hilda likes to drop them everywhere. I’ve had her for just over a year, and she’s always been that way. I have lots of wood shavings in the nest box, and have even popped a couple of fake eggs in there to try and encourage her, but she prefers to lay al fresco, in a different place every time. She sees a nice flower bed, and she’s straight in there. I often find the eggs days later, in all manner of strange places. Any ideas, or maybe it’s just too late to change her ways?
  15. Yes, it only stays on for a couple of minutes after manually turning it on, that seems to be how it's designed. I guess it's intended to save the batteries. I've removed my light now - it isn't much use to me as it is. I'm planning on buying something else. If you figure out how to override the automatic switch off, please let me know!

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