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Growing Up White Winged

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

One day old chick, 
   
The down of the body is typical of the mutation the quail plumage will be , the only wings are different. Though tiny the tips are white-ish yellow
Three day old chick, 
   
The quills now visible are white despite the down of the rest of the body.
Five days old chick, 
   
The feather shafts are now extending visibly past the wings edge.
One week old chick, 
   
The feather tips now stick out of the end of the feather shaft
Ten day old chick, 
   
The wings have a large number of feathers already.
Two week old chick, 
   
The chick at only two weeks has contour feathers on the wings and body. The wing feathers are big enough the chick can now flutter a surprising distance 
 
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks 
 
Four week old chick, 
   
The chick at four weeks 
 
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 looks like the adorable fluff it was just weeks ago. The adult plumage will fill in, become more defined, and deepen in color 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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