In Use FAQs
How do I set it to open at a specific time in the morning?
First, make sure that the small yellow switch on the circuit board is turned to the left. Then, simply swipe the magnet supplied against the control box at the time you want it to open in the morning! The unit will then go "beep beep", indicating that time has been set. The unit will then open at this time in future mornings until you change the time.
In order for the time to be used by the unit, it has to be light outside at the time you choose, otherwise the unit will automatically revert to opening about 10 minutes after dawn. This is a safety setting to prevent the unit from opening too early (i.e. before dawn), when most foxes and other predators are around!
Can I set the closing time?
We have found that there is no reason to do this. Chickens go to roost naturally as dusk approaches and it can be almost impossible to force them into roost before they want to. The door closing time will always be determined by dusk and the chickens' natural body clocks, not by human time.
If after installation you find that you want to alter the delay between dusk and when the unit closes, we will happily send you a new circuit board with revised code, absolutely free of charge!
Can the door be opened/closed by me?
Yes – just disconnect the battery and then reconnect it.
I want to make use of the "addition lighting" function - how can I do this?
The controller is all set up to control our Additional Lighting Unit. After wiring the additional lighting into your circuit board (a very simple task, which takes only about two minutes), the unit will then measure how long the days are. If it detects that the days are short, it will add in an amount of additional light before the unit opens the following morning, therefore extending the amount of 'daylight' for the chickens, so helping to keep them laying!
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