Breed Standard

The breed Standard for the Marsh Daisy which was recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1922
The Marsh Daisy breed standard is below, you can also download a word document of the standard (at the bottom of this webpage)

General Characteristics:


Head:   skull fine.  Beak short and well curved. Eyes bold and prominent. Comb rose, medium size, well and evenly spiked, finishing in a single leader half an inch long in line with the surface, not as high as the Hambugh’s or following the nape of the neck as the Wyandotte’s. Face smooth.  Earlobes almond-shaped. Wattles of fine texture and in keeping with the comb.

Neck:  Fairly long, fine. Hackle flowing and falling well on the shoulders to form the cape.

Body:  Long, fairly broad, especially at the shoulders, with square and blocky appearance; almost horizontal back; well rounded and prominent breast; full tail, carried at an angle of 45 degrees from the vertical.

Legs: Moderately long. Shanks and feet light-boned, free from feathers. Toes (four) well spread.

Carriage: Upright, bold and active.

Plumage: Semi-hard, of fine texture; profuse feathering to be deprecated.

Weight: 5½ to 6½ lbs.


The general characteristics are similar to those of the cock, allowing for the natural sexual differences.

Weight:       4½ to 5½ lbs.


Beak horn. Eyes rich red with black pupil. Comb, face and wattles red. Earlobes white. Legs and feet pale willow-green. Toenails horn.

The Black  Black, with beetle-green sheen in abundance.

The Buff   Plumage golden-buff throughout and buff to the skin.  (Note: The cock’s tail is black to bronze but the ideal is a whole buff bird).

The Brown                 

Plumage of the Cock:  Neck hackle rich gold.   Back and saddle dark gold.  Main tail black; sickles black; coverts black, the whole to have a beetle-green sheen.    Saddle-hackle dark gold, a little lighter gold at tips not objectionable.  Wing-bow dark gold, same shade as back; coverts or bar black with beetle-green sheen; secondaries forming the bay a flat brown, showing a triangular brown bay; primaries a flat black, with the lower edge flat brown, and all well hidden when the wing is closed and tucked up.  Breast and all underbody parts black with patches of golden brown spangled in; solid shiny black should be striven for in these parts.  Under-colour decided blue to blue-grey, with a little buff or light golden brown in places on breast.

Plumage of the Hen     Head and hackle rich gold, the tips of all feathers black, the whole to form a fringe at the cape; back and wings brown ground ticked or peppered with darker brown or flat black; this may result in a series of black bars across the feathers, which is not objectionable. Tail dull flat black, a little lighter at the edge of the feathers not a disqualification but should be discouraged. Breast and all underbody parts red wheaten or salmon, a level shade all over; too light a shade for these parts, or too deep a red wheaten, should not be striven for.

The Wheaten

Plumage of the Cock:  Hackles rich gold. Back and wing-bow deep gold. Tail (coverts and sickles) rich beetle-green black.   Remainder golden brown, the colour of a fairly dark bay horse. Undercolour (seen when the feathers are raised) from smoke-white to a French or blue-grey, a little light buff fluff at the skin of the breast permissible.

Plumage of the Hen:  Hackle chestnut with black tips forming a fringe at the base of it. Shoulders and back (upper part) red wheat; lower part of back to root of tail lighter shade, due to the feathers having a white wheat edging and red wheat centre giving a dappling effect. Wing-bows red wheat, the flights presenting a triangular patch of light brown when closed. Breast white wheat. Tail dull black with red wheat edging.  Undercolour of back, smoke-white to blue-grey; of breast, pure white.

The White    Plumage pure white.


Head (lobes 13, comb and wattles 10, other points 10): 33       

Plumage: 20

Condition: 20

Type: 15

Legs: 12                                                                                          

Total: 100

Plus “Laying Power” : 20

Serious Defects:   Want of type; less than one third white lobe; red plumage; legs other than willow-green
Marsh Daisy,
27 Feb 2011, 08:17