I thought I would try growing turkeys this year. I wanted to raise some Midget Whites, enough for some to put in the freezer and a trio left over for breeding. I have a small place, 1.5 acres, in the country so I don't have to worry about neighbors or city regulations. I ordered 12 poults from Ideal for later in spring. Now I think I might reduce that order to 8, thinking that mortality might leave me 6, which would be perfect. I don't think I would be able to manage 12 poults in my mudroom, which is where I have electricity available for the brooder. I don't have friends who want turkeys, otherwise I would give the extras away. [On the other hand, if anyone on the board lives within driving distance of Eugene/Springfield/Corvallis and is interested in buying my extra poults for 1/12 my total expense each, I will consider that. I haven't called Ideal yet to change my order.] I have these questions for Midget White growers: How long is the grow out period for this breed? I've heard 10 months, and I've heard a year or longer. I'm not holding out hope for a Thanksgiving bird from the poults I've ordered for May 1. But any chance for Christmas? If you are picking out a trio for breeding from 6 or 8 birds, what qualities do you look for (besides smallness, obviously, for Midget Whites). At what age do you make the assessment? For breeding: is it worth it to keep 2 hens and try to find someone with a likely tom? Or just keep three from the original order and not worry about inbreeding? They're not going to college, after all. On the other hand, there is a poultry swap twice annually here in the Valley. Is it worth potentially bringing home a disease along with a new turkey? I would be interested in hearing your adventures in Midget White poult rearing and breeding. Thanks in advance!