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Growing Up Wild

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

One day old chick,
    Has dark down with an orange tint to the lines on head, neck, and back
Three day old chick, 
   
The dark brown lines are fading. The wings have began showing feather shafts
Five day old chick, 
   
The chick's down shows some fading. The feather shafts on the wing tips are growing out past the wings edges.
Seven day old chick, 
   
Feather tips now can been seen protruding from the feather shaft
Ten day old chick, 
   
The wings have a good number of feathers now. The contour feathers are a closer color to the adult plumage than the down was
Two week old chick, 
   
The chick now has feathers on wings and body. The wings have enough feathers for the chick to flutter a surprising distance
Three week old chick, 
   
The chick at three weeks old is already showing signs of the white bib (indicative of a male)
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 brick red and grey-blue feathers 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 weeks 
 
Three month old chick, 
   
The quail at three months looks nothing like the fluffy chick it was just weeks ago. Over the next few molts the colors will become more vibrant and defined as the quail fills out






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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