Yes, they're furry and they're cute, and they were born right here in Maine! Everyone loves young goats, especially when they've just been brought into this world!

We've been following the Instagram postings of homesteader and author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen from her and her partner's farm in Liberty for about a half-year now, and pretty much love everyone of them!

About a week ago or so, mama goats at the farm starting giving birth, and the fun truly began!  It was so cool to read up as to what was going on during the process, and how everyone and everything is making out!

If you're a Maine farmer, just aspire to be one, or, just love animals, we highly recommend that you follow the goings on @hostilevalleyliving on Instagram!

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I had a few questions about disbudding after my stories yesterday so I thought I’d explain a little bit and also update everyone on Casey - oh yeah, and get in on that #farmvideofriday action too! Don’t forget to check out my favorite hashtag with @unconvential_acres :) Disbudding is the process of removing a goat’s horns. All Nigerian Dwarf goats will grow up to have horns if this process isn’t done. It is best done between 4 and 10 days of age, at which time they do not have significant nerve endings in their horn buds. We take our goats to the vet to have them disbudded, to ensure the process is as quick, successful, and painless as possible. There are a lot of strong opinions about disbudding and I would encourage every farmer to do their own research and come to their own decision. I think many of the benefits of horns relate to the kind of life a goat would lead if wild, and horns no longer make sense for domesticated goats. Horns can get caught in things or can injure other goats or people when a goat is playing. The best argument to keep horns that I’ve heard is they help goats regulate their body temperatures, but I also do a lot of work to make sure my goats are comfortable all the time and our summers are much cooler than in other areas of the country. Finally, a quick update on Casey Jones! We took him with us to the vet to just make sure there wasn’t anything wonky and get their opinion on bottle feeding him. With triplets, having to bottle feed one kid is fairly common because the other two take up all the milk. With Tater being a rather passive mother, and Casey a kind of laid back kid, he just won’t get enough with her. So he’s our bottle baby for 2019! #hostilevalleyliving #hostilevalleygoats #homesteading #modernhomesteader #homesteadinglife #punkrockhomesteader #modernfarmer #iamamodernfarmer #farmlife #farming #mainefarm #permaculture #goatsofinstagram #nigeriandwarfgoats #goatkids #babygoats

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