Marsh Daisy

Breed Rating (8 Reviews)

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History

John Wright and Charles Moore of Lancashire created the Marsh Daisy from a mixture of breeds between 1880 and 1913. The breed consists of blood from Old English Game bantam, cinnamon Malay hens, black Hamburgh/White Leghorn cross hens, Pit Game Cock and Sicillian Buttercups. The Marsh Daisy copes admirably with swampy, marshy land and that is where the name comes from as Charles Moore supposedly first saw one on marshy ground at John Wright’s home. The breed was almost lost into extinction but a flock was discovered in Somerset in the 1970s where it was thriving. However, it is still a very rare breed today. It is a small bird for a heavy breed and is seen in several colour varieties, all having a large rose comb, white earlobes, willow green legs and horn coloured toenails. The tail is held at 45' and the breast is nicely rounded. They are very similar in build to the game birds. The plumage of the male is gold turning to red then black towards the tail, which has black sickles. The female is wheaten with neck hackles which are chestnut edged with black. The eyes are red and the rose comb is bright red. They make excellent table birds with well-flavoured flesh. There is no bantam version.

Behaviour

The Marsh Daisy is a hardy bird, which is well suited to free ranging, as it is an excellent forager. They are long-lived birds and are good layers of tinted eggs. They also make excellent broodies. They are upright, active birds that are very well suited to swampy and marshy ground. Due to interbreeding over the years when the breed almost disappeared, the males often have heart problems and some never reach more than 3 years of age. Males weigh around 6-7 lbs while the females are 5-6 lbs.

Varieties

Brown, wheaten and buff. There were also black and white varieties but these have more or less disappeared over the years and may now be extinct. Wheaten is the most commonly seen variety today.

Status

Rare

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Latest Reviews For Marsh Daisy (5 of 8)

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Awesome rooster - Anonymous, 11 November 2014

We had a rooster(We were lucky to get it from a mix from the feed store that's near us) and he was very timid,A teacher to our seramas(Who he taught to roost and sit in the nesting box) and a good chicken to let the kids hold,As he wouldn't fidget and would even let you hold him like a baby! He was very friendly but had difficulty walking around as he'd fall all lot. He was very friendly,But sadly he died at 1-2 years and we're looking for another bantam rooster(And a hen,Too!) Very great for the kids if you tame them right :)


Excellent - Pauline, 3 June 2014

The Marsh Daisy is a Lancashire breed, this is why we have them as we live in Lancashire 3 miles from where they originated. They are hardy, can cope with any bad weather. Have incredible personalities, very individual. They are a rather light breed, small, but this does not stop them putting our cuckoo marans in their place. They are long lived. Our cock died in January just short of 8 years old. Would.t be without them.


Beautiful, friendly and productive. - Sandy, 19 April 2014

Marsh Daisies are a great wee bird to keep. They are very attractive and are ideally suited for the backyard farmer. They take up only about the same room as a bantam. They take to handling and become very tame. They are fun to watch. They get on well with other birds. They lay plenty of beautiful eggs, with a finish like porcelain. I thoroughly recommend them.


Good egg layer, friendly, beautiful but - Rhys, 3 September 2010

They are not a tame bird. They love to be up high. I have had my 2 brown hens since June but I love them :) They lay good eggs. They love treats and will let me hold them at night. They are not violent but are incredibly strong so not good for children. They are brilliant with my other hens and are hardy. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a good layer who is confident and hardy and beautiful. Mine are a show line so they are stunning.


Brilliant Birds - Ollie, 11 August 2010

We bought some Marsh Daisies earlier this summer. They aren't show standard so we're testing the blood line. Hopefully we'll get better offspring. To begin with they were aloof and very flighty but they have got a bit more used to us now. They still won't come within 2 feet of us but are much better than they were. They are real beauties at show standard so I've learned (the hard way) not to be so hasty. They are very hardy in general but one of mine caught what we think was Infectious Coryza (similar to a cold) She recovered in the end and started laying again! Although I haven't had many eggs from them they are generally very good layers. Their eggs are pure white. I can't comment on garden friendliness as they are kept in a pen well away from the garden in the orchard. Over all They are brilliant birds and I strongly recommend this rare breed. Happy Chicken Hunting!

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