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Growing Up Red Breasted

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

One day old chick, 
   
The chicks chest is a bright yellow tone with dark contrast on back of the neck and back. The back has bright yellow lines. The wings especially are bright yellow. This chick can easily be mistaken for other mutations but the bright yellow stipes, wings, and belly are a giveaway
Three day old chick, 
   
Wing feather shafts are beginning to show.
Five day old chick, 
   
The feather shafts are now very apparent on the wings 
One week old chick, 
   
The feather shafts are long and easily seen through the fluffy down. 
 
Ten day old chick, 
   
The contour feathers are now sticking out of the feather shafts. The color is a bit different from the down coloring. 
 
Two week old chick, 
   
The contour feathers are now covering most of the quails back and wings. The quail apperance is much different than it was just days ago.
 
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks 
 
One month old chick, 
   
The chick at one month 
 
Five week old chick, 
   
The chick at five weeks 
 
Six week old chick, 
   
The chick at sixe 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 at three months old looks very much different than just a few weeks ago. It's adult feathers are in and over the next few molts will become deeper in color and more defined.






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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