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Growing Up Golden Pearl

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

One day old chick,
   
Has light tan down with dark brown lines on head, neck, and back. There is a hint of orange to the tan lines as well.
Three day old chick, 
   
The color has faded some. The feaher shafts of the wing are easily visible.
Five day old chick, 
   
The feather shafts in the wings are extending further back. They begin looking heavy as the chick carries the wing lower.
Seven day old chick, 
   
The flight feathers begin to come out of the feather shaft and the tips are now visible.
Ten day old chick, 
   
The contour feathers are now out numbering the down. The colors of the adult plumage have begun to emerge.
Two week old chick, 
   
The chest and back, as well as the wings, have changed the look of the chick considerably. Even at just two weeks old the chick now can get enough wind under it's wings to flutter away.
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks is starting to fill in feathers around his body
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. The white bib also should begin showing at this age for males.
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 quail no longer resembles the fluffy chick it was just a few weeks ago. The adult plumage will become more defined over the next few molts






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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