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Growing Up Blue Faced

The Blue Faced coloration
of
Chinese Blue Breasted Quail, adoringly nicknamed Button Quail
as it grows from day One

One day old chick,
   
Has dark down that is almost black covering it's body. Often blue faced male and female will have white spots on chest and face even from the time of their hatch
Three day old chick, 
   
The dark down stays dark and the wings are showing signs of feather shafts growing in.
Five day old chick, 
   
The dark feather shafts on the wings protrude far beyond the down. Chicks at this age often seem to carry their wings low as if they are heavy.
Seven day old chick, 
   
The feather tips have broke free of the shaft.
Ten day old chick, 
   
The feathers are visible and the fluffy down is almost buried under the contour feathers.
Two week old chick, 
   
The feathers on the wing and back are showing a lot more of the adult coloring. The chick now can fly enough to get a good distance.
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks is fairly awkward. Fluff down down still out past the feathers that are growing in
 
One month old chick, 
   
The chick at one month has a much sleaker look. The feathers are showing much of their adult colors. Males will even start showing signs of their trademark brick red and grey-blue feathers indicative of sex. 
Five week old chick, 
   
The chick at five weeks 
Six week old chick, 
   
The chick at six weeks 
 
Seven week old chick, 
   
The chick at seven weeks 
 
Two month old chick, 
   
The chick at two months 
 
Nine week old chick, 
   
The chick at nine weeks 
 
Ten week old chick, 
   
The chick at ten weeks 
 
Eleven week old chick, 
   
The chick at ten weeks 
 
Three month old chick, 
   
The quail at three months no longer resembles the tiny, fluffy chick it once was. Over the next year and multiple molts the colors will continue to develop into deeper, more defined patterns.






Chinese Blue Breasted Quail, adoringly nicknamed Button Quail, are the world's smallest quail.
These incredible little birds grow so fast it is hard to imagine at times. They spend just 16 days inside of the egg during incubation. After they hatch they seem to change before your eyes. Adorned with adorable fluff for just a few days you will begin to see the wing quills developing by 3-4 days.
By the second week you might not recognise the tiny little fluff with all of his feathers coming in. It's flight feathers even at 2 weeks are enough for the tiny chick to catch a good enough wind to take to flight, though amateur at best.
At 4 weeks old in some color mutations chicks often start showing deep, brick reds and silvery, grey blue feathering only seen in the male colorations.
By six weeks the majority of the feathering has become evident and hens in some cases start laying eggs.
Over the next few weeks and over the next year the quail will fill out in size and over numerous molts they will have their final, vibrant, defined, adult plumage.

Our "growing up" pages are a collection of pictures over the first few weeks of a particular coloration chick's life so you can see the incredible changes and to help you identify the color mutation you might have.


Growing Up Wild
Growing Up Silver
Growing Up White
Growing Up Red Breasted
Growing Up Blue Faced
Growing Up Cinnamon
Growing Up Golden Pearl
Growing Up Tuxedo Pied
Growing Up White Winged Pied
Growing Up Splash Pied

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