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Growing Up Silver

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

One day old chick, 
   
The grey down is almost metallic. The down can range from pale grey to dirty grey with striping sometimes more apparent than others.
Three day old chick, 
   
The chick's down shows some fading of the metallic sheen. The shafts of the wings are showing through the down.
Five day old chick, 
   
The chick's wing feathers now extend far past the down.
Seven day old chick, 
   
The feathers now extent out of the tips of the feather shaft. The feather is a bit different color from the down. 
Ten day old chick, 
   
The wings are covered in contour feathers and often the chick at this age looks as if the feathered wings weigh it down. 
Two week old chick, 
   
The chick now shows very little down and is showing a lot of feathers closer to it's adult plumage. The wings are feathered enough it can flutter surprisingly far very quickly.
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks the feathers are starting to cover the body throat and belly. The white of the bib can sometimes start to be seen at this age.
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 salmon pink feathers and white bib 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 
 
Three month old chick, 
   
The quail no longer resembles it's fluffy counterpart. The feathers of it's adult plumage will continue to 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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