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Growing Up Splash Pied

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

One day old chick, 
   
Yellow down covers the body. Splashed pied chicks more often than not are born with no coloring. They are nearly impossible to seperate from a white chick for the first few weeks. This chick however was born with color already. Often it is weeks before the first colored feathers appear.
 
Three day old chick, 
   
The yellow down lightens some and thins out as the body grows. The wings show quills on their tips.
 
Five day old chick, 
   
The feather shafts are now fairly long. The shaft extends far past the wings edge now. 
 
One week old chick, 
   
The feather tips now are visible out of the feather shaft. The color of the feather is a bit different than the chicks down.
 
Ten day old chick, 
   
The chick at ten days has wings that are nearly covered in feathers. Of chicks carry their wings low almost as if they are heavy.
 
Two week old chick, 
   
At just two weeks old the chick's feathers now cover the down that is left. The chick's wings are full enough that the chick can flutter of surprisingly fast
 
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 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 no longer looks like the fluffy chick from just weeks ago. It adorns the adult plumage that will become more defined through the upcoming 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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