Midget White Turkey was created in the mid-1900s by Dr. J. Robert Smyth at the University of Massachusetts with the goal of developing a small turkey for the backyard. The variety was created by crossing together commercial Broad Breasted White turkeys to Royal Palms. Midge White Turkeys are not yet recognized by the American Poultry Association, and are becoming increasingly rare.
Appearance: Small white turkey
House: Free range with a coop, or a large pen
Temperament: Easily tamed and very social
Breeds naturally: Yes
Broody: Excellent mother
Meat: Great quality and taste
Weight: (Midget) 8 - 13 lbs
What else you should know:
The Midge White Turkey can fly. Therefore, if you decide to pen them, an enclosed pen may prove necessary. The poults are capable of flight as soon as they are fully feathered.
This variety has no relationship to the Beltsville White, and should be housed separately.
Hens generally produce 60 - 80 eggs per year. Hatchability is around 75% - 80%.
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Midget White Turkey
The Midget White is a fantastic turkey breed, and the only one I would recommend to anyone wanting to raise their own turkeys in an urban area. They can be a little loud at times but they do not start getting exceptionally noisy until around five or six months which is time to butcher them anyways. In appearance they are a smaller version of the broad breasted white but are much more active and weight approximately half as much at around 25 pounds. They’re not docile, but are very friendly and curious. They’re not flighty either. I typically raise either Midget Whites or broad breasted whites each year starting in June. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around they’re ready for processing and have been fed to perfection. I’ve had a few gobblers that behave much like dogs or well-trained house cats. They’ll follow me around the yard, come sit on the porch with me, and from time to time even jump in my lap to be petted. At sunset when it’s time for them to go back into the vertical coop I designed, they simply trot off to their roost and go to sleep. They aren't as reliable at laying eggs as some other turkey breeds are such as the standard bronze, or wild colored breeds but they’re excellent little companions and the perfect breed to raise for first-timers..
From Travis A. Wooten Jun 5 2014 2:30PM
Tasty turkey perfect for the family dinner
Midget white turkeys are a great heritage breed of turkey to own. Small in size but large in personality they provide entertainment to the poultry yard. Males will dress out to 12-15# while the females will dress out to 8-10#. They are easy to handle and do well in a free range environment. Be aware, however, if you start with all young turkeys they do tend to wander for the first 9 months or so. I often found my turkeys across the road (they had to travel 1/4 mile down the driveway to get there) when they were young. However, as they grew older, their wanderlust calmed down and they stay in the poultry yard. And as long as you have mature turkeys around, the young turkeys you raise tend not to venture too far away. They can fly for short distances and they are able to breed naturally. Their meat is quite delicious. The midget white turkey meat won a blind taste test when comparing several other heritage breeds and a butterball. They tend to produce most of their eggs in the spring and become broody, though they are not good mothers. I have had several hens hatch out their poults then promptly throw them out of the nest. Of course, they never lay where you can easily find the eggs. Turkey eggs are flavorful and excellent when used in pastries but can also be eaten like chicken eggs. An all around great turkey to raise for those wanting to try something different from commercially produced turkeys.
From Bruskotter Farm Sep 18 2011 8:49PM