I know that poor lacing on the Golden Laced Bantam Cochins is a typical problem - I'm hoping to hear how some of you work to improve the lacing. The issue is with my hens - they have nice lacing on the breasts, but the backs are a mess. They are either peppered/mossy, or the black lacing is way too thick - you can barely see the gold. If I'm understanding my genetics books, it's the Co Columbian gene that's responsible for pushing the black to the feather edges. Would that mean they are incomplete for the Columbian gene? Would breeding in a Buff Columbian help? And if so, should I use my GL roo on a BC hen, or a BC roo on my GL hens? If that's not the way to go, what are some other options? Or do I just keep culling? These pics aren't the best - but I think you can see what I'm referring to - these 2 are sisters, both hatched in May of last year. Does the lacing get any better with the next molt? I'm also seeing some "shafting" in the feathers. How do I eliminate the shafting?