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  1. I'd never heard of a Stoat before, what a weird looking thing! I've had immense problem with small birds - the large gaps in the upper half of the Omlet runs lets them walk right on in, and they told all their friends within a 5 suburb radius. The run was being utterly trashed - initially within a few weeks, then a week, and got down to needing a clean out every single day. I wasn't keen on chicken wire so went with mesh instead. Not happy with the amount fo work, but happy with the end result. I'd certainly think twice about an Omlet run in the future unfortunately
  2. Our first batch of chickens years ago were all roosters - devastating to our girls who had spent so much time with them. We replaced those and, once again, all roosters. We replaced them yet again, and half were roosters so we simply eliminated the two roosters and stuck with only two at that time. To my frustration we then heard yet another "cockadoodle do" from the yard. I let rip with an almighty "FFS", to which my wife and I heard giggling in the backyard. We stuck our heads out and there were our two daughters tricking us with their iPad 🤣😂
  3. The flexibility in being able to assemble Omlet's WIR is priceless. It's nice and tall. It has a tonne of accessories. BUT the clips holding it all together are plastic and already stretch when closed, so I suspect long term they will break. The mesh panels are nicely spaced in the lower half, but the upper half are larger and small birds come in and utterly trash everything - they tell their friends who in turn tell their friends, I think I have a few neighbourhood's worth of small birds invading my coop now. Working through a number of solutions as it is turning into a real nightmare for me cleaning up their *****, I'm now at a point where the daily mess is equivalent to once was their weekly mess 😫
  4. Our former chickens used to sleep in the nesting box of our old coop - made quite the mess of both the nesting boxes and the eggs. With our new chickens in our new Eglu Cube I had the partition door closed for their first few months hoping they would learn that's not for sleeping, but once they were ready to lay and I opened it one of them already began sleeping in there and the others started to intermittently mess about in there during the night. Opening and closing the partition door each morning and night solved that problem but created an all new ones - our girls laying early in the morning often meant I was opening the door too late and they had already laid on the roosting bars, if I was home late/out then they'd already starting nestling into the nestbox and soiling it up, etc. I too debated using a second Auto Door on to the partition wall - I reached out to Omlet and they found the concept intriguing, but the reason it does not "quite" fit is they hadn't considered it. To that end I modified it myself - solved all our dramas, beautifully clean eggs and nestbox ever since 😀 I've documented the process for this in this article 👍
  5. I know this is an old thread, but our former chickens used to sleep in the nesting box of our old coop - made quite the mess of both the nesting boxes and the eggs. With our new chickens in our new Eglu Cube I had the partition door closed for their first few months hoping they would learn that's not for sleeping, but once they were ready to lay and I opened it one of them already began sleeping in there and the others started to intermittently mess about in there during the night. Opening and closing the partition door each morning and night solved that problem but created an all new ones - our girls laying early in the morning often meant I was opening the door too late and they had already laid on the roosting bars, if I was home late/out then they'd already starting nestling into the nestbox and soiling it up, etc. To that end I installed a second Auto Door on to the partition wall - solved all our dramas, beautifully clean eggs and nestbox ever since 😀 I've documented the process for doing this, link is in my signature below 👍
  6. The light levels didn't work well for me either - it closed far too early no matter what setting I used which locked some of my girls out, and opened too late causing them to get restless locked inside the cube. To make matters worse the controller has an inbuilt time delay of 20 minutes to ensure changes due to cloud/etc due not cause the door to inadvertently trigger - the time setting you can make on the controller is in ADDITION to that 20 minutes. Time settings don't work for me as our winter and summer daylight hours change quite drastically here in Australia so I'd be forever changing them. Overall the controller just didn't work well for me. Not that it helps you, but my solution was to hotwire the controller into my home automation system so I can more intelligently control the door. I'm factoring actual sunlight lux levels from the weather station on my roof, movement in the coop, AND time of day (not actual time but whether it is sunrise, sunset, day, night, etc). This has meant my door reacts precisely when it should and I've not had a single incident since 😀 I plan to write an article on it in the next couple of months 👍
  7. Your lawn would be super happy with that fertiliser - ut you're certainly ending up with quite the concentration where it is washing. Personally I shovel it all out once a month and spread it amongst the garden.
  8. Our prior chickens only laid by day per the advice above. However our new batch of chickens were laying overnight, between 1am and 3am. It's the middle of winter here in Australia, so our daylight hours are currently 7:15am > 6:00pm (summer 5:00am > 9:00pm). I tried a variety of tricks, but the solution was introducing artificial sunlight - 5am every morning I have a warm (yellow) coloured LED turn on inside our Eglu Cube until daylight (approximately 7:15). A mere two days later they began laying like clockwork between 6:45am and 7:00am - still pitch black outside being winter, but it certainly changed their laying time significantly. I don't believe it is the specific time I am turning on the light rather extended the length of the short winter's day. The change was significant - all four of them are laying at that time since introducing the light, it's rush hour in the nestbox 👍

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