Dr. J. Robert Smyth created the Midget White turkey in the early 1960s at the University of Massachusetts. Because the market for a smaller version of broad breasted turkeys did not flourish as expected, the group was dispersed. It was Dr. Wentworth, a former graduate student of Dr. Smyth’s, who saved this breed from extinction.
The PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Turkey Feeder provides fresh feed at all times. This is among the most essential aspects of breeding healthy poultry. The ¾ inch or the 1 inch regulator disc can be used to feed corn. Crumble or milo can be served using the 3/8-inch regulator disc from the PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Turkey Feeder.
This breed was developed from a cross of a commercial Broad Breasted White turkey and an exhibition Royal Palm. The Midget White is named for its white plumage and small stature. It is the smallest variety of turkey. An adult tom weighs 18-20 pounds and hens about 10-12 pounds. Even though these turkeys are small in size, the eggs it lays are relatively larger.
These turkeys are calm by nature. They develop the ability to fly once the feathers are developed and so caution must be taken to prevent them from flying away. Adult Midget Whites get heavier and so they are less likely to fly. These turkeys have won a taste test and are reputed as an excellent homestead turkey.