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  1. 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!
  2. 100 is completely light, zero is completely dark, so you’ll need to lower the number if you want it to open earlier when it’s a bit darker. if you scroll down on the display, it tells you what the current light level is. It will usually say 100 during the day when it’s 100% light. There’s also a built in 20 minute delay when opening or closing, so the door will operate 20 minutes after it has reached the selected light level. They need to add some information about it in the manual, because it’s definitely not obvious!
  3. A quick update on Gladys and Hilda... I put a light at the back of the coop for 2 nights, and they shuffled a bit further inside each night. Tonight, they’re both safely tucked up all the way inside, with no light on at all. Success! Thanks for the advice!
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. Gladys laid an egg in the nesting box in the Cube today, so she’s ventured all the way inside at least once. Hilda likes to scatter her eggs all over the garden, so I don’t hold out much hope of her ever doing the same! I’ve got the Eglu light that attaches to the autodoor, but it seems a bit hopeless because you can’t switch it on and make it stay on for longer than a couple of minutes. It’s early evening here right now (I’m in New Zealand), so I’ve put a light in the back of the Cube. They’ve parked themselves in the doorway at the moment, but I’ll wait and see what they do in about an hour when it gets dark. Fingers crossed!!!
  5. Thanks, I’ll leave them for a few more nights, and hopefully they’ll adjust. They don’t like change, so maybe they just need a bit more time. I think I have a habit of worrying too much about them!
  6. Just reviving this old-ish thread, as I’m having a similar problem. I got a new Cube this week for my 2 ladies, Gladys and Hilda, and they both seem reluctant to venture very far into the coop. On the first night, Gladys parked her big butt in the doorway, and Hilda couldn’t get in at all. Hilda kept trying to force her way in, and they both just kept tumbling back down the ladder onto the floor in a big heap of feathers, accompanied by lots of squawking. After the first night, Hilda is pushing her way in, but then comes straight back out again, and ends up precariously balancing at the top of the ladder with Gladys immediately behind her, both of them sticking their heads out the door. They seem to struggle with the plastic roosting bars, slipping and sliding around, and I’m wondering whether to just take the bars out and put some shavings on the floor tray to see if they’ll go further in. I’ve tried a light inside as it’s darker than their old wooden coop (and the doorway is a lot narrower), and I’ve tried putting food at the back of the coop to tempt them in, but no luck there. Any ideas? I’ve spent a fortune on this, and I really don’t want it to fail!!

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