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Message from Sharon Smith on 24th May 2017

I hope you are all having a good hatching season. I am very pleased with my birds as I believe its 100% fertility and most hatching with no problems.

I would like to update the breeders list. At the moment we just have Wheaten and Brown stock advertised, it would be helpful to include the other colours. If anyone has other colours as well as the Brown and Wheaten and would like to be included please email me.

The RBST Warwickshire and Northants will be holding their annual Poultry and Sheep sale on 6th August 2017 , this is a lovely relaxed fun day for anyone to attend. There will be Wheaten Marsh Daisy for sale! More information  from rbstwarwicksandnorthants@gmail.com

Message from Sharon Smith on 6th February 2017

A list of breeders and stock for sale is available from Sharon

Message from Sharon Smith on 19th January 2017

Dear Member,

I hope you all had a good Christmas and you are coping with keeping your birds inside.

The Federation show was again a lovely show but numbers of Marsh Daisies were disappointing with only two entered, both mine, the cock

got best of breed.

Susan Knight from East Yorkshire is looking for a cockerel and 4 or 5 hens to start breeding with. She doesn't mind which colour but they

must be up to standard. Her email is paws4k9training@yahoo.co.uk.

Please get in touch if you can help her.

It would be very useful if members could let me know which colours they keep, where their stock came from and if you are likely to have

hatching eggs or stock for sale.

I have many enquiries for stock and it is helpful to know which breeding lines are available to try and prevent to much in breeding.

I can put together a list for members if anyone is interested and for prospective new keepers if members don't mind their emails or phone

numbers being given out.

Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Best wishes

Sharon - contact Sharon

Marsh Daisy Newsletter - 5th December 2016

Winning Marsh Daisy Male NPS 2016


It was lovely to meet some Marsh Daisy breeders at the National Poultry show.

There were only five birds there but some nice birds.

There were two males entered; 1st and best of breed to my Wheaten, bred by Alan and Donald Moorhouse. 



White Male Marsh Daisy NPS 2016

2nd Tracey Barrand’s lovely White cock.

Brown Marsh Daisy Hen NPS 2016

Females;

1st and 2nd to James Falshaw with to lovely Brown’s.

3rd My Wheaten female

 

  

I have had two recent  requests for stock;  Julia is keen to keep and hopes to breed the Marsh Daisy in West Wales her email is julia3636@sky.com  .Linda from Cambridgeshire would like some Wheaten young stock or hatching eggs next year.  Email her on brbritchford@btinternet.com

The next big poultry show is the Federation show at Stafford show ground on the 17th and 18th December. This show has a very festive atmosphere with thousands of birds on display and provides a great chance to speak to breeders for purchasing eggs and stock.

Hope to meet some of you there.

Sharon


From Sharon Smith on 7th February 2016: 

If any one has any stock or hatching eggs available please could you let me know so I can pass your details on. Include colour and location please.  

The Marsh Daisy Facebook page is also an excellent way to locate stock.

Thanks to the members who attended the National Poultry Show in November to show and to Bob Driver who helped keen members at the workshop.

I have lots of requests for stock from people whose birds have been taken by the fox. Marsh Daisies are rare so to replace stock may mean a long wait and a long way to travel to obtain them. Please keep your birds safe, electric fencing works very well!

Do send in any photos and show results so I have some material for another newsletter. There must be more people that show Marsh Daisies part from me.

As they do like to show off they do make a good show bird, especially the males.

Best wishes

Sharon

An Event on 25th June 2015: Come along to an event to find out how to prepare your birds for showing. Starts at 6.30pm - Sausages/ Hot Dogs to eat after the talk - bring a bottle.


"Showing Poultry" Toddy Hamilton Gould
Tower Fields, Tusmore Road, Nr Souldern
Bicester,  OX27 7HY.  There will be a £3 collection to raise funds for RBST

May 2015: Sharon Smith's Marsh Daisy Cockerel wins best large rare at Staffordshire County Show. YOu can see him right at the start of this video

Championship Row Staffs Show 2015


Marsh Daisy News April 20th 2015

The Breeders Group will be holding a workshop at the Poultry Club's National Show, International Centre,Telford, Saturday 21st November, 3pm.

It shall be held by the Marsh Daisy pens in the rare poultry section. Everyone is very welcome to join in. We shall have top judges and MD experts to give us their advice on the breed and assess the stock exhibited.
It would be great to have a good show of Marsh Daisies to look at so please do enter your birds and join in the fun.

Showing and preparation advice available on Facebook or please do email me with any queries.

Marsh Daisy Newsletter March 2015


Those of you that are Rare Poultry Society members will have seen the Marsh Daisy article in the latest newsletter. This is great for  RPS members to see how the Marsh Daisy is progressing and also for the MD Breeders Group members that are not on email to keep up to date.

RPS membership is £10 a year which includes 4 colour newsletters. A chance to be in the breeders directory and vote for changes on your breed.

Your vote is needed for changes to the Marsh Daisy standard which is for the poultry club standards book due to be printed next year.
The deadline for returned voting slips is 31st March.


Changes are:

1.  The removal of 20 points for laying power – which bought the total points to 120 and can obviously only be applied for females.
2. Greater degree of description for leg colour. Currently legs and feet pale willow green. Proposed update to legs and feet green in all colours, pale willow to lizard according to variety.

There are some new adverts for birds for sale on the for sale pages

Leon Barnes posted some stunning photos of his Black Marsh Daisies on the Facebook page. You can see his birds on the Black Marsh Daisy photo page of this website
 
Winning Wheaten pullet at Northampton Poultry Club show can also be found on the Wheaten Marsh Daisy photo page
 
Bob Driver’s winning birds both first in their classes at Barnsley Show - the Brown Marsh Daisy Hen and the male Wheaten Marsh Daisy.

Marsh Daisy Breeders Day

This is one of the aims the group had when it was originally set up (the list is on the website)

6. Organise at least one meeting a year for members to share their experiences, compare birds. 

This year we would like to meet at the National with the aim of increasing the number of high quality Marsh Daisies at the show.

Ideally, we would also like to offer a meeting in the next few months at an experienced MD breeder’s Holding. At that meeting birds could be assessed – perhaps a talk on “preparing birds for showing” – to help encourage more of us to show. (Acheived/Ongoing: The Group has met twice, both times at the National Poultry Show)

What are your views?
Would you like an open day/ workshop?
Workshop around the pens at the National?


This is something that would be very useful and interesting for many of us.
Location would really depend on where the majority of people would be coming from.
Looking at the members list we are all well spread out which is excellent news for the Marsh Daisy but just a bit harder for many people to get together.

Looking forward to your replies
Sharon
 
November 2012 Marsh Daisy Census News: In June 2010 the Marsh Daisy Breeders Group carried out a census to find out more about the numbers and the quality of Marsh Daisies in the UK.  The results can be found below (as an attachment).  
The Group carried out a second census in September 2012
 
May 2012: The first of what we hope will be regular newsletters has been produced. Each one will also appear as an article in the Rare Poultry Society newsletter.  The May 2012 newsletter can be found below as an attachment.
 
November 2011:  The Marsh Daisy Breeders Group last met up in November 2011. The minutes of that meeting can be found as an attachment below.
 
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