Willoughby Croft

Willoughby Croft A mini farm in SW WA. I raise high quality, registered Mini Nubian Dairy Goats, Crested Cream Legbar Chickens and American Bresse Gauloise chickens.

This adventure began back in 1997 when I was living in Spanaway, WA, on 1.5 acres. At that time I had a dozen hens, 6 sheep and an angora goat. I spent my days chasing kids, caring for my critters, and spinning wool into yarn. My husband decided to turn our garage into a fiber studio to give me a place to store my many wheels and newly acquired floor looms. It is at this time that my life made a bit of a detour. Somehow that fiber studio became a yarn shop. Which was soon outgrown and the shop moved to 4631 Pacific Ave.in Tacoma, WA. I was the proprietess of Lamb's Ear Yarn for 12 years. And 12 years in retail is plenty long enough. In 2011, at the age of 52, I was able to retire and return to the lifestyle that I love. My life has come full circle. In 2014 I moved to Winlock, WA. I now live in a 1904 converted schoolhouse on one acre. Willoughby Croft was born. I raise honey bees, Mottled Orpington and Pavlovskya chickens, Bourbon Red turkeys and Mini Nubian dairy goats. Life is good.

Mission: I am a proponent of self-sufficiency and simple living. I derive great satisfaction from nature and the works of my hands.

We're located in Winlock, WA. Just off I-5, between Portland, OR, and Olympia, WA.EDITED: I actually found show wins for...
07/25/2019
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We're located in Winlock, WA. Just off I-5, between Portland, OR, and Olympia, WA.

EDITED: I actually found show wins for the relatives of all but ONE of our current goats and that all the updates have been completed. I am happy to find that our goats come from strong show lines as well as heavy milking lines. I hope that we are able to add some milk stars and championships to their pedigrees in the near future. :-)

This morning I went through and finished updating the "brags" on each of my goats' web pages. Those brags include any parents/grandparents with show wins or milk production awards. I am happy to report that I found things to brag about for all but 2 of our current goats! I am not quite finished updating the brags for Dot but will finish hers later today. Her dam is quite impressive! I also included links to the photos of the goats who won the awards.

If you've been wanting to put a reservation down for one of our 2020 kids, this information should help you make an informed choice. I invite you to come look through their pages. I also have added a "useful links" page that should be valuable, especially to anyone knew to Mini Nubians. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/useful-links

These 5 goats left for their new homes over the last few days. I wish them well in their new homes. We are now down to 1...
07/23/2019

These 5 goats left for their new homes over the last few days. I wish them well in their new homes. We are now down to 15 goats. It's so quiet and it looks very bare out there. 😌

Well, so far this season we've sold 16 goats (10 kids, 6 adults) and bought 10 goats (7 kids, 3 adults). And we have one...
07/23/2019
2020 Breeding Plan (reserve now) | Willoughby Croft Mini Nubians| Winlock, WA 98596 | Willoughby Crof

Well, so far this season we've sold 16 goats (10 kids, 6 adults) and bought 10 goats (7 kids, 3 adults). And we have one kid left to sell. All in all a very successful season. I am very excited for the 2020 kidding season. We should have some awesome, colorful kids with great milk potential. Our 2020 breeding plan is in place and we can accept reservations. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/2020-breeding-plan-reserve-now

My view this morning. It's milking time. 😍
07/22/2019

My view this morning. It's milking time. 😍

07/21/2019

Elijah Blue, 4 days old. 4th gen. Mini Nubian. Blue eyed & polled. Black & cream with partial white belt. Some brown roaning. Black ears with cream edges. Two large tan spots on face (moon spots?). Lovely long ears and nice rump angle. Will be weaned 9-13-19. We're located in Winlock, WA. More videos and photos on his web page, including dam's FF udder and teats. I'll update those as she gets further into her lactation. She's got perfect teat placement, nicely shaped udder and teats. Great orifices. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/available-kids

07/19/2019

Yesterday the 3 new bucklings were banished to the buck pen. They were showing a little too much interest in the new doelings. We don't want no "oopsies". They've been in quarantine plenty long enough and are all acclimated to their new home. Time to fit into their roles.

Next week the doelings will join the main herd.

Elijah & Daphne. Enjoying the sun.
07/18/2019

Elijah & Daphne. Enjoying the sun.

Willoughby Croft Mini NubiansLocated in Winlock, WA.Daphne's FF udder. It's really nice for only being 24 hours fresh. E...
07/18/2019

Willoughby Croft Mini Nubians
Located in Winlock, WA.

Daphne's FF udder. It's really nice for only being 24 hours fresh. Excellent attachments. I milked her this morning and she has nice teats and great orifices. Very easy to milk....and she didn't kick at all. You can't ask for better teat placement. You're going to be happy with her, Jackie.

To anyone looking for a herd sire to bring in nice udder genetics, as well as those for polled and blue eyes....you might consider Elijah.
https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/available-kids

Daphne's FF udder. Well attached and nicely placed teats.
07/18/2019

Daphne's FF udder. Well attached and nicely placed teats.

Updated photos of Elijah. Less than 12 hours old. Still unfolding. His coloring is very symmetrical. He has tan patches ...
07/17/2019

Updated photos of Elijah. Less than 12 hours old. Still unfolding. His coloring is very symmetrical. He has tan patches on either side of his face that are possibly moon spots. Otherwise he is black and cream....with a white partial belt. Very unique coloring. Blue eyed and polled, 4th gen. Mini Nubian Buckling. Located in Winlock, WA.
https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/available-kids

This girl. What a character.  Becky has been here a little over a week. The last few days she's FINALLY been getting ont...
07/17/2019

This girl. What a character. Becky has been here a little over a week. The last few days she's FINALLY been getting onto the milk stand by herself. Thank goodness... because she's not a little thing. And today she got up there and actually ate some while getting milked. She no longer tries to squat. She's got nice sized, soft teats with great orifices. She's a pleasure to milk.

She's not a quiet goat but not super loud. She likes to "talk" to us whenever she sees us. She's very friendly towards people.

Welcome to the world, Mini Love Farm Elijah Blue! 4th gen. "American" Mini Nubian. Located in Winlock, WA. Right off I-5...
07/17/2019

Welcome to the world, Mini Love Farm Elijah Blue! 4th gen. "American" Mini Nubian.

Located in Winlock, WA. Right off I-5...between Portland and Olympia.

I went out to check on Daphne this morning and heard the unmistakable sound of a newborn goat kid as I approached the kidding stall. She had him bright and early this morning (unassisted), July 17th, day 148. He weighs 5 lb. 6 oz. He's up and nursing. Daphne is a very caring momma. I could barely snap his photo because she was so concerned for him. I'll get better pics later. He looks to be black and tan with a white belt. He's got lovely blue eyes....and I'm pretty sure he is polled. If you're looking for a handsome blue eyed, polled buck....please consider Elijah. I'll be updating this page shortly. Check back for more information and better pictures: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/available-kids

07/15/2019
Summer Babies

Hanging out with some of this summer's sweet babies. Taking a break from mucking stalls (so excuse my filthy jeans). These 4 are the friendliest of the 7 news kids. https://youtu.be/sYXQCWAnCbU

My husband finished the new fence down the length of the goat paddock. The woven wire replaces the old weldeds wire that...
07/14/2019

My husband finished the new fence down the length of the goat paddock. The woven wire replaces the old weldeds wire that was here when we purchased our home 5 years ago. The goats have been breaking the welds and squeezing through to the chicken yard/orchard. I got tired of hauling them out and boarding up the holes. You can see that I had him install a gate in the fence. We will be adding an additional small paddock inside the orchard. There is a sizable area with no trees. Then I can FINALLY do rational grazing.

It's starting to get exciting!!!! Today is day 145 for Daphne. I really don't expect kids until Wednesday, at the earlie...
07/14/2019

It's starting to get exciting!!!! Today is day 145 for Daphne. I really don't expect kids until Wednesday, at the earliest....but today I begin the serious "watch". I'll update here just as soon as the kid/s arrive. I'm still only expecting a single....but she's a FF so she could be hiding 2 in there. We'll soon know. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/does-due

07/13/2019
3 month old Crele Legbar rooster. Just started crowing. His coloring is gorgeous and he'll just get better looking as he...
07/08/2019

3 month old Crele Legbar rooster. Just started crowing. His coloring is gorgeous and he'll just get better looking as he matures. Ready for a flock of his own. If put with brown egg layers his daughters will lay olive colored eggs. Located in Winlock, WA.

-SOLD- Want to have delicious goat milk dairy products available for your family on a daily basis? It can be as easy as ...
07/08/2019

-SOLD- Want to have delicious goat milk dairy products available for your family on a daily basis? It can be as easy as walking out your back door and visiting your barn. We have a wonderful Mini Nubian breeding couple available! You can read about them on our website, here:https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/goats-for-sale This is our last breeding group that will be available this year. She will come to you "in milk". You'll have milk immediately! We are also taking reservations on our 2020 kids. Great milky lines. Build your herd!

My absolute favorite thing to make from my goats' milk is butter. It's so good! And I prefer to drink the skim milk instead of water. It still has enough cream in it to taste rich, sweet and delicious.... without all the fat.

Our 2020 breeding plan is now on the website. POLLED? BLUE EYES? MOONSPOTS? ALL POSSIBLE! They are going to be stunning!...
07/08/2019
2020 Breeding Plan (reserve now) | Willoughby Croft Mini Nubians| Winlock, WA 98596 | Willoughby Crof

Our 2020 breeding plan is now on the website. POLLED? BLUE EYES? MOONSPOTS? ALL POSSIBLE! They are going to be stunning! And don't forget about MILK! We've been concentrating on bringing in very milky lines. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/2020-breeding-plan-reserve-now

Below you will find our 2020 breeding plan. We will now begin accepting reservations which will allow you to be in line for 2020 Willoughby Croft kids. There will be a $50 non refundable reservation fee required for each kid you wish to reserve. The reservation fees will be deducted from the final p...

Daphne is due in 10 days.  She's starting to look pretty wide. Maybe she'll have twins?
07/06/2019

Daphne is due in 10 days. She's starting to look pretty wide. Maybe she'll have twins?

Another new addition to the farm is Soaring Heart's Purple PolkaDot PJ. Dot's Dam, Soaring Heart's Purple Rain, is a fin...
07/06/2019

Another new addition to the farm is Soaring Heart's Purple PolkaDot PJ. Dot's Dam, Soaring Heart's Purple Rain, is a finished champion and also just acquired her milk star (these accomplishments are not yet shown on her registration). Dot's sire also has lots of heavy milkers in his pedigree. We are very excited to see how Dot matures. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/dot

One of our new additions to the farm, Delica's Elle Spring Rayne. Rayne's dam, Blackberry's Mallory, has won some Virtua...
07/06/2019

One of our new additions to the farm, Delica's Elle Spring Rayne. Rayne's dam, Blackberry's Mallory, has won some Virtual Show championships and also has her milk star. Rayne's sire also has milk stars in his pedigree. We are very excited to watch Rayne mature. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/rayne

-SOLD- Milkcreek Ridge Gone ROGUE. Registered 5th generation Mini Nubian Buck. He's POLLED and BLUE EYED. Ready to make ...
07/04/2019

-SOLD- Milkcreek Ridge Gone ROGUE. Registered 5th generation Mini Nubian Buck. He's POLLED and BLUE EYED. Ready to make beautiful polled, blue eyed kids this fall/winter. Look at that lovely rump, escutcheon, and level top line! And he has the sweetest personality. Our farm tested disease free and he is G6S normal. 😍 We're located in Winlock, WA. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/rogue

I'm giving Rogue a haircut. Getting him ready for some glamour shots. LolWow! Look at the difference in color on the sha...
07/04/2019

I'm giving Rogue a haircut. Getting him ready for some glamour shots. Lol
Wow! Look at the difference in color on the shaved spot. 😲

07/01/2019

Well we managed to get 6 goats entered in the MDGA Summer Vshow. I don't expect to win anything but I'll be able to receive feedback from the judges that will help me take my herd in a positive direction. If there is another Summer Sensations Mini Goat show in Longview next year I'll definitely enter some of my goats. It looked like a lot of fun. Bathing and grooming the goats isn't that difficult. Oddly the goats seem to bond to you while getting pampered....and they look so nice all clean and clipped. The show also hosted milk testing and I would bring at least 3 does to be tested if they offer that again.

Thistle's 2019 Summer Vshow Photos
06/30/2019

Thistle's 2019 Summer Vshow Photos

Misty's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.
06/30/2019

Misty's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.

This year's new crop of "purchased" kids. I brought 3 home from the goat show yesterday.
06/30/2019

This year's new crop of "purchased" kids. I brought 3 home from the goat show yesterday.

Taffy's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.
06/27/2019

Taffy's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.

Lily's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.
06/27/2019

Lily's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.

Harvey's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.
06/26/2019

Harvey's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.

Pixie's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.
06/26/2019

Pixie's Summer 2019 Vshow Photos.

Anyone else have livestock guardian cats?
06/26/2019

Anyone else have livestock guardian cats?

Pixie and Harvey got their haircuts today. Rogue and Apollo got their baths.
06/26/2019

Pixie and Harvey got their haircuts today. Rogue and Apollo got their baths.

Here goes nothing. Pray for my goats. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. Lol
06/18/2019

Here goes nothing. Pray for my goats. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. Lol

Our 2 youngest kids, Patience and Ace, hanging out with their mommas on the milk stand this morning.
06/17/2019

Our 2 youngest kids, Patience and Ace, hanging out with their mommas on the milk stand this morning.

Our new 6th gen. Polled, blue eyed,  moon spotted buckling. This boy is a big un. Much larger than Harvey and Rogue. But...
06/17/2019

Our new 6th gen. Polled, blue eyed, moon spotted buckling. This boy is a big un. Much larger than Harvey and Rogue. But he's as shy as they come. Today he's been hanging out with the other 3 newcomers but he's very shy of me.

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