March 30, 2011 Based upon the Midget White breeding program, my Pixie Whites are compact turkeys that I have been breeding for the past three years specifically for the small acreage farmer; who requires a naturally breeding, compact, white friendly turkey who can be relied on to breed true. The foundation TOM is a Midget White turkey from as close as I could get to the 2007 Wisconsin dispersed flock. My initial foundation hens were advertised as Midget Whites but I put no stock in that.
Over the past three years, I have aggressively culled my flock down to the best seven hens every year and the top two Toms for the sole purpose of recreating as best I could a "dinner table" turkey possessing quality breast fleshing and high egg production; while retaining the qualities of a heritage fowl.
I am doing this because the advertised Midget Whites I purchased, had lost their "midget" size. Via lights, isolated breeding pens and heated barn, I am currently on my fourth generation of line-breeding for consistent traits. Plus, I love the science behind structured pedigrees based upon genetics!
My "lofty" goal is to produce seed breeders that past on the above stated desired traits. Last year was the first time I sold my poults to a local 4-her who won the championship breeding pair at the 2010 Cass Co County Fair. It is no small feat for a heritage bird to gain enough quality breast fleshing in six months to beat out a commercial white.
In 2010, my Toms processed out between 15-18 lbs, with hens around 6-8 lbs. around sexual maturity, six - seven months. When I get time, I am going to start blogging details about my trapped nest breeding program.