Alright, so I just purchased a very lovely doeling. The owners would only sell her to me if I agreed to take her friend, Poit. They gave Poit to me for free, although she is a registered doe out of amazing lines (I wish I could steal her sire...drools.) In any case, she was a freebie because of a couple of things. One, her hocks turn in quite badly. They nearly touch, it is that bad. However, I have seen her dam and sire up close as well as in photos. They have nice, straight legs. I have seen numerous photos of all of her grand-parents, who were showing animals..from the side and behind. All of them had correct legs as well. I have no idea how those legs happened and am hoping it is a fluke that could be bred out easily, because she is gorgeous otherwise. Secondly, and most importantly...the owners said that the vet told them they should not breed her. The story is that they bred her for kids this spring. They were not there for the birth, and found one kid dead. The other was alive, but seemed slow. At a few months old, they found the kid collapsed in her pen. They rushed her to the vet, and she said she had severe pneumonia and started treating her. She started doing better, but plummeted again when they tried to feed her the next day and it went into her lungs. They ended up putting her down, and had a necropsy that revealed that she had contracted pneumonia due to milk getting into her lungs, and that she had white muscle disease (which is commonly accompanied by pneumonia due to aspiration of milk.) So basically, the kid had a severe selenium deficiency. Now, the vet told them that it was likely the kid had an issue beginning within the womb, and because they gave the dam BoSe injections and the kid a BoSe injection at birth...then there was probably something wrong with the dam in that she did not provide the proper nutrients to her kids in the womb or her milk. Now, to me...this sounds like a vet making wild guesses. I thought kids born with white muscle disease are unable to rise at birth and are very weak. They said she seemed off from birth, but she was healthy...And I have had several kids who were "off" at birth who were just a little slow and took a day (or a few days) to not act "stupid" or to be as active or coordinated as it's siblings. Sometimes you have weak kids at birth for a number of reasons. Sometimes they try to come out with their head back or what not and they are a little off until they get over the trauma of their birth. I did not see any minerals available for their goats. Maybe I missed them. However, I've read that while a BoSe injection will provide selenium....it is a poor substitute for selenium in the goat's actual diet. Could she have "bad" milk? Or could it simply be a case of the owners not supplementing her correctly or providing a proper diet? They didn't have any problems with the rest of their does and their kids...but perhaps she wasn't getting enough of the food, minerals, etc? They did say she was one of the most timid goats in their herd, so I imagine she was at the bottom of the pecking order. They said they wouldn't hold it against me to breed her again, but I worry. Is there a way to test the kids or the milk to make sure they are getting enough selenium during the first few months? I feed a loose goat mineral with selenium and vit E. I also saw some gel in a tube that you give your goat once a month as it's only selenium/vit E supplement in Jeffers Livestock Mag. What is your opinion?