It will take all year, but I've brought it up since this past spring. I don't want a whole flock, but maybe 2-3 birds next spring. Hubby would be processing the birds to cut costs. I've heard they are very tasty. It will be worth it if I can find cheap ones next spring. I'd have to keep them separate from the layer flock. How long before culling a meat bird? I'd like Cornish or Cornish mix. Hubby thinks we'd get too attached, especially the kids. He also thinks it's not worth it due to feed costs. I can free range part of the day. All in all, feed is fairly cheap. Do any of you or your children get emotionally attached to your meat birds?