A month or so ago I finished the breeding pens that I am planning on using in the Spring. Now I'm wondering about putting some birds in there early. For example, I have a nice Bantam Salmon Favorelle roo, 3 Salmon Fav hens, and 2 Bantam Salmon Fav hens that I am planning on breeding. I also have a handsome Cuckoo Marans roo and 3 hens. To my knowledge, none of the SF girls has even laid an egg yet, although they should be old enough.....at least 7 months. The CM's are laying up a storm. Question is: would putting them in the breeding pen with the roo stimulate them to start the process (in the case of the Salmon Favs)? Or should I just go with the original plan and wait until Spring. The breeding pens are nice and roomy -- 8 X 10 two-levels with enclosed nesting area above the open run area -- so living in there would not be uncomfortable for them.... What do you think....I'm not really in a hurry, but I'm curious as to whether I'm just wasting time by not closing them up even though it's "winter".