Similar in appearance to the Beltsville Small White and sometimes shown under the same name, the beautiful Midget White Turkeys are the smallest variety of turkey. They were developed at the University of Massachusetts in the 1950’s by Bob Smyth and are a cross between Royal Palms and Commercial Whites. At one time they almost were extinct, which makes them a highly sought after breed. They are very friendly and can make great pets. The hens are naturally broody and will raise their young on their own.
Heritage breed turkeys do have a longer grow out period than your Broad Breasted varieties and are typically processed at 24 to 28 weeks.
Average market weight: Toms 13.8 lbs, Hens 8.2 lbs. Old Toms 20 lbs, Old Hens 12 lbs.