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Growing Up Tuxedo Pied

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

One day old chick, 
   
The yellow / white down covers most of the body. Depending on the color trait the back and head will have a color that covers head, neck, back, and to the tip of the rump.
Three days old chick, 
   
The tips of the wings now are starting to become visible.
Five days old chick, 
   
The chick at five days now has long feather shafts coming far past the edge of the wings.
One week old chick, 
   
At seven days old the feathers are now starting to poke out of the feather shafts on the wings.
Ten days old chick, 
   
The chicks wings now are covered in thick feathers. Often the chicks almost looked weighed down by their wings at this age.
Two week old chick, 
   
At only two weeks old the feathers are looking much closer to adult plumage. The chick even has enough flight feathers in it's wings to flutter a good distance. 
 
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks
 
Two month old chick, 
   
The chick at two months
 
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 week 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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