Conserving heritage breed poultry in North Carolina
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Beltsville Small White Turkeys

 

The Beltsville small white turkey is vanishing; perhaps only a few hundred authentic Beltsvilles exist today. Help us boost their numbers by raising these versatile, productive, and docile birds. We keep a breeding flock of "the real deal" -- authentic Ames line Beltsville small white turkeys, not to be confused with midget white turkeys, which are entirely different creatures. 

Beltsvilles were developed in the 1930's at the request of American families who wanted a smaller bird (8-15 lbs) that fit in apartment sized refrigerators and on smaller family tables. Almost a century later, our customers appreciate a smaller bird, too. 

We find that Beltsvilles are perfect for modern pastured turkey production. They are hardy, they mate naturally, and they're expert foragers. At the end of the growing season, the dressed birds are compact, meaty, and flavorful. The hens are more productive egg layers than other varieties of heritage turkeys and commercial hybrid turkeys that we've raised. 
We can ship hatching eggs or baby poultry from our flock via U.S Postal Service within the continental United States. Chickcharney Farm participates in the National Poultry Improvement Plan, and our flock is Avian Influenza Clean and Pullorum-Typhoid Clean (NPIP #55-1006).