do you really need to raise Cornish Cross to butcher size? This is our first time raising them, so I'm not sure on the amount of room they really need. I currently have 16 of them in a 2.5' x 5' brooder (they are a week old today) and intend to give them access to the entire 5' x 5' of the brooder in about 3-4 weeks when the pullet chicks we are also raising can go into the coop with the older chicks. I was planning to send half (about 8) of the Cornish to the freezer right around 6 weeks, so I an have some smaller fryers, and let the other half finish out at 8-10 weeks for a bigger roaster. How long can all 16 fit in the 5' x 5' space? How long can 8 of them stay in the same space? Will I be able to keep to my plans? Or will I need to extend the pen, or butcher them all early?