The Marsh Daisy

This website (last updated 18th November 2014) is set up by members of the Rare Poultry Society who breed Marsh Daisies. We started the group in March 2010 and now have over 50 members.

 

The Marsh Daisy is one of the UK's rarest chickens. They are listed by the Rare Breed Survival Trust as endangered. The Rare Poultry Society looks after the breed. 
 
With its distinctive rose comb, willow green legs, upright stance and striking colouring, the Marsh Daisy is certainly a breed worth preserving.  The Marsh Daisy is a very gentle breed, with even the males showing little or no aggression. 
 
They are particularly happy in free range conditions, they do not mind the rain and are good flyers. They lay reasonable numbers of tinted eggs, laying well into the winter months. The chicks mature slowly. There are several Marsh Daisy colours: Brown, Wheaten, Buff, White and Black. The Marsh Daisy has an interesting history, follow this link to find out more.
 
Marsh Daisies were rescued from the brink of extinction. They are still very rare which has led to some problems due to inbreeding and it is challenging to breed birds that meet the breed standard. However, they do also make very good eating birds, so any non-standard birds need not go to waste. See more photographs of these beautiful birds. You can also find some very good advice on selecting birds for breeding from Charlie Peck's articles researched from the Feathered World Yearbooks of the 1920s and 30s: 1922, 1923, 19241925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935.  You can also find photographs from the Feathered World Yearbooks in the photo section. 
 
Find out more about the aims of the Marsh Daisy Breeders group.  
 
 
If you would like to join the Marsh Daisy Breeders group or are interested in buying some birds please contact us