PUBLISHED: 14:58 30 December 2010 | UPDATED: 12:25 15 July 2015
A rare layer breed with tinted eggs
Classification: Light, rare
Size: Large fowl
Egg colour: Tinted
Temperament: Active, aloof
Created in Southport in the 1880s by crossing an Old English Game bantam cock with Malay hens and then mating a cock from this mating with black Hamburg/white Leghorn cross hens. A resulting cock was then crossed back to the Hamburg/Leghorn hens and the offspring line bred until around 1913, when Pit game and Sicilian Buttercups were used to give us the bird we recognise today. Classed as a rare breed, the Marsh Daisy is seeing a resurgence of popularity amongst people who wish to preserve the old English breeds. Marsh Daisy colours are black, brown, buff, wheaten and white.