Chicken Breed Focus - Marsh Daisy


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Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
The Marsh Daisy breed was developed by a Mr Wright from Lancashire in the late 1800’s. The basis for the strain was the white Leghorn, of which hens were mated to a Black Hamburg male, which produced white rose combed birds. Later infusions of Game and Malay resulted in a strain of hardy and productive poultry. Mr Wright maintained these as a closed flock for thirty years. His stock came in three colours: Partridge, Wheaten and White.

In 1913 a Mr. Charles Moore bought two of the last of Mr Wright’s hens and crossed them to a Pit Game Cock. A male from this mating was then mated back to the original hens. Lastly a Sicilian Buttercup was used and this cross introduced green legs. Buffs, Wheatens and Whites were the original colours produced by Mr Moore, though Blacks and Browns were produced later.

Other poultry breeders started to breed Marsh Daisies and they were first exhibited in 1920. A Marsh Daisy Club was formed in 1921 at which time there were around 200 known flocks. The breed standard was recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1922.

The original five colours of the Marsh Daisy, Black, Brown, Buff, Wheaten and White, are still recognised and it seems likely that the standard has never been updated. It has been suggested that the standardisation had been ‘rather premature’, for the Browns in particular.

The Marsh Daisy today is one of the UK's rarest chicken breeds, rescued from the brink of extinction, they are slowly regaining popularity, though their numbers are still low. With its distinctive rose comb and striking colouring, the Marsh Daisy is certainly a breed worth preserving. A very gentle breed, even the males showing little or no aggression. They are particularly happy in free range conditions, they do not mind rain and are good flyers. They lay reasonable numbers of tinted eggs, laying well into the winter months. The chicks are slow to mature, but make excellent table birds.


Origin: Great Britain
Purpose: Egg laying
Egg Laying: Good
Egg Colour: Tinted

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BYC Breed Discussion:

Do you own Marsh Daisies? Are you a Marsh Daisy breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

· What made you decide to get this breed?
· Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
· What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
· Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

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BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Dec 12, 2013
Thanks for bringing us another breed review thread Sumi! I haven't heard of Marsh Daisy's before, hope members that have them add their experiences with them.


5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
these look like great birds they will be laying good from what they were bred from like leghorns but will the roosters be a game or a fighting cock from the game they were bred from? and would they be broody like games or non broody like leghorns and buttercups? and of course they would be flightly right?
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Free Ranging
6 Years
Dec 29, 2014
I have never heard of this breed. I hope people will reply to this thread so we can learn more. these birds are gorgeous. I fell in love with the black roo, he is the most beautiful roo I have ever seen!


Oct 10, 2015
This breed sounds very interesting to me but I wonder if they would do alright in the cold New England winters? Before I order some chicks I have to know if they are hardy enough.


In the Brooder
6 Years
Aug 10, 2013
Some of our Marsh Daisy Breeders. We love them. Very calm bird and lays great. However they can be flighty.

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