Dan

How broody are your birds? Out of 8 in the silver lace pen 6 are trying to set. I started keeping eggs a month earlier this year because of it, I'm glad I did.
The gold laced hens only 3 have gone broody out of 11. Many of these birds are out of a large, typey, well laced single combed hen that layed well into the fall her first year without going broody, before moulting, well later than her broodmates. She is one of the 3 broody gold laced now.
I have broken up the blue laced pen, and giving serious thought about doing the same with the silver laced. Not getting many eggs, plus I feel
better when they get out in the yard and pasture.