midget whites

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by RS, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. RS

    RS Out Of The Brooder

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    We are considering raising midget whites as 4h projects,but have never raised turkeys and have a few questions.
    1. Is there a good reference book?
    2. How many eggs do they usually lay?
    3.Do they lay year round?
    4.How long will it take to finish a MW?
    5.any special housing requirements?

    Any advice,suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    if your showing you might want beltsville instead they are show able, and very similar to midgets

    but I have raised midgets, nice turkey's

    no books
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    no, mine lived in the pine trees, didn't like the buildings
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:Not a book per se, but it is a good reference. Check out the ALBC site: http://albc-usa.org/EducationalResources/downloads.html

    2. How many eggs do they usually lay?

    I didn't keep good track, but I'd say at least 40-50 per hen, maybe more. Steve could tell you better I'd bet.

    3.Do they lay year round?

    In their first year they come close, but generally speaking turkeys are seasonal layers. Mine haven't yet started for this year. I'm expecting by the end of the month or the beginning of March.

    4.How long will it take to finish a MW?

    They can be ready in six months and only get better the longer you wait after that.

    5.any special housing requirements?

    Young heritage turkeys fly well so plan accordingly. Roosts, nest boxes, and square footage requirements are larger than with chickens.

    The ALBC site I linked above will help you a lot.​
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Like BCC said, they Midgets aren't in the APA Standard. You can call a Midget a Beltsville Small White but there is enough of a difference that you can tell them apart if you know what you are looking for.

    Steve
     

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