Other name(s): Daisybelle Chicken; Pied Sussex; Reverse Sussex; Silver Sussex;
Merrydale Pied; Magpie Chicken; Pied Ranger Chicken
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: United Kingdom
History: The Daisy Belle chicken is a cross breed which was developed in England. The Daisy Belle (or Daisybelle) is a cross between the Rhode Island Red and the Sussex chicken.
Current Uses: Eggs. 250 - 300 eggs per year for 3-4 years.
Appearance: Hens are a medium sized bodied bird. Hens are glossy black with silver neck feathers. Each hen looks differently, and can have white and black splotches. Birds have red earlobes, wattles, and combs.
Average weight: 5 - 7 lbs.
Lifespan: 6 - 10 years
Diet: Pied Rangers will do well on a basic commercial diet. Birds should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, bugs, and grit if not permitted to fee-range. Hens may need oyster shells, if their feed does not supply them with appropriate levels of calcium. Water must be available at all times.
Housing: Housing can be simple, but does require planning. You will need a coop that provides your birds with a safe place to escape the weather, night and day-time predators, and is well-drained, clean, ventilated, and comfortable. Roosts should be provided for sleeping, and nesting boxes for egg laying.
Health issues: Daisy Belle Chickens require proper housing, feed, care, and parasite control and treatment. Birds can develop frostbitten combs. Rubbing oil on their combs and wattles in the winter can help prevent frostbite and chapping. Hens are very good egg producers, and require extra calcium and protein. If hens do not receive enough calcium they can produce thin shelled eggs, and even become egg bound.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: Daisy Belle Chickens are friendly and easily tamed. They are ideal for small flock owners that desire a friendly, and productive hen.