I have a very small 1/3 acre lot and currently home to 12 layer chickens. I really want to eat chicken again and am tired of waiting until pheasant season for more bird. I thought i might try my hand at some cornish x. Because i am limited on space and time with which to slaughter birds i am thinking a five in five out method may work. 6 in the brooder, then 4 weeks later 6 in the tractor. When the brooder lot moves to the tractor i could put 6 more in the brooder. We very little meat and one 4lb pheasant is roughly 3 meals (pot pie, soup, fried rice) for my family of 5. So I am thinking a total of 30 chickens for a year. I was thinking i would do a cycle in spring and if it went well a cycle in the fall. Now my questions are...... My brooder is a large rubbermaid........will 6 meat chickens at 4 weeks still fit in this or shall i need to aquire something larger? Do they need a heat lamp at night after being moved outside? How much space should i allow in my PVC tractor. Predators are not a problem as i have a large dog and have yet to see a coon, opossum, or anything. Will only doing 5-6 birds at a time be worth the upkeep?