This picture has nothing to do with the story, just that it was pretty and I took it at night.
For those that wanted to know. From what I have read and what I have been told, it's not uncommon for first time momma goats to be confused and reject the babies. Sometimes only one will get the boot, sometimes both (Twins are the norm in goats) My personal opinion is that many goat owners take the babies away right after birth, and then the other goats don't see good role models and learn proper goat behavior. This goes on for generations so that instinct does not get reinforced. I can see that right now with the two that I am bottle feeding. They don't really know how to nibble on other food. The one that nurses will mouth what ever she sees her mom eating.
Like I say. This is IMHO.
If your wondering why the babies are taking away, there are lots of good reasons. One main reason is to stop CAE (Goat virus) that is passed via the milk and also, if you have dairy goats then you want/need that milk for your own use. The make goat milk replacer. That is what my goat lady uses. Another reason, goats can be pretty rough with each other and keeping the babies separate can keep them safe.
I was also asked about the bug dope that I'm using. The goat lady said just to use OFF or some brand like that. I never even thought about using anything else. Up in AK we used OFF or some other brands on the dogs. I do not spray them down. Just a short and light "spiss" along their back.
I will have to do a little research on that now.