Like many preppers, we've been looking for ways to expand our self-sufficiency. With 25 years of experience raising chickens for both meat and eggs, adding another meat fowl seemed like a good move. Although we had raised both broilers and laying hens of many breeds, we hadn't found a good all-purpose bird among the chickens, although many lay claim to the title. They either laid poorly (eating all the while) or were very short on meat when killing time came.
As readers may know, chickens in America have been bred for two tracks: meat (fast growing, often leg problems, too big to properly breed) and egg layers (broodiness bred out, goal of one egg per day bred in, hens 'wear out' quickly, especially if pushed to lay with extra light.) The standard way of raising for us had been get chicks from a hatchery, raise to eating/laying size, replace with a new set as needed. This is not a self-sustaining plan. So, after extensive research, we chose the Midget White Turkey (MWT) and began our personal experience with this breed.
MWTs have several huge advantages for the homesteading prepper: (1) they're smaller, eat less, need smaller housing and can do some foraging for themselves, (2) they love human beings and are easy to handle, (3) they are good setters and mothers, and (4) they taste wonderful. The meat is close grained and takes like real turkey. Every bite, from the long, oval breast to the broth from the bones smells and tastes like an old-fashioned turkey dinner. Finally, (4) they are easier to kill and clean than bigger birds, and in a scenario where food has to be eaten because of lack of electricity or refrigeration, a MWT can be polished off in a meal or two, depending on the size of the group.