The Marsh Daisy Chicken is a rare breed which was developed in Lancashire, England, beginning in the 1880's. According to the Marsh Daisy Breeders Group, "The basis for the strain was the very productive White Leghorn which had been imported to this country mainly from America though its origins were in Italy. White Leghorn hens were mated to a Black Hamburg male which produced white rose combed stock. Later infusions of Game and Malay resulted in a strain of hardy and productive poultry."
"In 1913 Charles Moore bought two of the last of Mr Wright’s hens and mated them to a Pit Game Cock. A male from this mating was mated back to the original hens. Lastly a Sicilian Buttercup was used which introduced green legs. Buffs, Wheatens and Whites were the original colors produced by Mr Moore. Blacks and Browns were produced later. Others started to breed them; they were first exhibited in 1920 and a Marsh Daisy Club was formed in 1921 at which time there were around 200 known flocks. A breed standard was recognized by the PCGB in 1922."
The Marsh Daisy Chicken is currently listed as "endangered" by the UK's Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Varieties (Rose Comb): Black, Brown, Buff, Wheaten, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Weight: 5.5 - 6.5 lbs
Personality: Active, and not particularly fond of human interaction.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large