Hadn't thought about the sectioning off disrupting them. They appeared ok with it. I made nesting buckets for them to use while sectioned off, and lo and behold one went and gave an egg in one in just a few hours the first day. With the sectioning off they still have sight of all the other girls so as to not totally remove them from each other.
My boy lucas is very good to them. For a while I wasn't sure if they were doing anything. So close observation one day, they actually yielded to him and just squatted for him without him having to peck the back of their neck and jump on them and very little squawking.
Like you said, I guess the subtle change in routine must be enough to throw them off.
I'll just stick with what i'm doing for the time bein so this will be their new habit until i collect enough to incubate.
Like i said, this is my first run with the breeding and attempts to incubate. Thank you all for the trouble shooting and advice.