Hello there, I have a problem with my new baby chick. For Easter I got a present from my boyfriend a baby chick about a week old. He knows how much I love animals and he wanted to surprise me. He kept it at his place for a few days and the day when he was supposed to give it to me, the baby chick fell from the couch and she injured her left leg. I was always scared when she was jumping from the couch that she will get hurt, but my boyfriend was always saying that she is so light that nothing can happen to her, and he was wrong. And now I feel so bad for her and so guilty, this accident took place 2 days ago. Yesterday I took her to the vet, because I know how sensitive chicks are after they injure their legs. A lot of my grandmothers baby chicks used to die because of their legs so thats why Im so afraid for my baby chick. However, when the doctor took a look at her, he said that he cant say that she broke her leg (it doesnt look broken), but maybe she has a joint infection. He wasnt sure about her situation. He told me when chicks get injured at their legs this early in their life; the chances for them to survive are very slim. He suggested for me to put her down. But I really dont want to. He also gave me some antibiotics to give her every 8 hours for 10 days. But one of my concerns is, if the chick had a joint infection, previous of the fall as the doctor mention, how come she was so energetic and happy, and she look perfectly healthy previous of the fall. I dont want to contradict the doctor, but what if she does not have a joint infection, and the problem is just that she dislocated or broke her leg inside. The doctor didnt even seem sure of his diagnostic, and he was more guessing than anything else. He said that the chick could have broken something inside her leg that cant be easy to notice but his best guess is that she has a joint infection. If she has a joint infection, the chances of survival are even smaller, since apparently the antibiotics cant do a very good job when it comes about joint infections. The chick now seems energetic, she is curious, and at times she wants to walk but she cant. She even stretches the injured leg many times a day, and a couple of times I saw her scratching her face with that injured leg. She also plays with her wings and she is scratching them with her beak, since new feathers are growing. She eats and drinks water normally, and when she does so, she touches the floor with her injured leg but she does not put weight on it. The only other thing is that the injured leg always trembles and shakes. I was thinking that it might because she is cold. But no matter how warm it is. The leg pretty much always shakes. I was looking on the forum of how some baby chicks do get well even though their leg is broken. Im just so afraid for her, and I dont want her to die. Do you think she has chances? What should I do for her so she gets better? Please help me with some suggestions. Thank you very much, Alexandra.