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Growing Up Cinnamon

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

One day old chick,
   
Has light tan body with cinnamon orange striped down head, back, and neck
Three day old chick, 
   
The wing tip are already showing signs of feather shafts.
Five day old chick, 
   
The feather shafts now protrude far beyond the down on the wings. Chicks often carry their wings low as though they are heavy at this age.
Seven day old chick, 
   
The feather tips have broke free of the feather shaft. The color of the new contour feathers is often different than the down coloring.
Ten day old chick, 
   
The wing feathers are expanding out of the shaft and showing a bit more color.
Two week old chick, 
   
The down has begun to disappear amungst the feathers. The chick now is able to get a fair amount of lift under it's wings.
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at just three weeks already shows some white bib feathers coming in on his throat indicating that (this particular bird) is a male
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 eleven weeks 
 
Three month old chick, 
   
The chick at three months barely resembles the tiny fluff it had been just weeks ago. It will continue to molt into more defined colors as it fills out over the next year.






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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