Willoughby Croft

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

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 Registered Mini Nubian Dairy Goats, Crested Cream Legbar and American Bresse Chickens, and Purebred Kunekune Pigs. 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.

Today is day 145 of her gestastion. The contest will close at midnight, tonight (2-9-20)...so get those guesses in. Don'...
02/08/2020

Today is day 145 of her gestastion. The contest will close at midnight, tonight (2-9-20)...so get those guesses in. Don't forget to like and follow our farm page and share this post. That's not necessary to win BUT in the case of a tie it will be important.

***Read to the end to possibly win a baby goat coat.***
Only 3 more days until Sandee (Green Gables Shimmering Sands) is due. I'm very excited for our first MINI NUBIAN kids of the 2020 season. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/2020-goat-breeding-page-1

I hope it stops raining here because I need to get out to the barn and muck out the kidding stall and get it all ready for the new babies. Tuesday will be the 147th day of her gestation. The babies can arrive anytime after that. My does usually kid day 147 thru 151. Sandee is big enough that I believe she's definitely carrying twins. But something tells me she's got 3 in there. Will my suspicions be correct?

Sandee is such a friendly, loving goat. She came to my farm already over 3 months pregnant, had never met me before....and she didn't skip a beat. She was immediately "MY" goat. She loves attention and tends to get a bit jealous when I am being affectionate to the other does.

I have not personally met the sire of these kids (Goat Trails Romeo Blue) but he is a handsome fellow. He's black with frosted ears and muzzle....and he looks like he's wearing spats on his front feet. He's also got blue eyes. Sandee has a lot of roaning. There is the possibility of some colorful roans with blue eyes. I have my fingers crossed for a nice doeling to keep. If I get a blue roan with blue eyes I'll be over the moon.

Let's have some fun! Guess the day she will kid, and the number of kids as well as the genders. Like and Follow my farm page and Share this post. Whoever guesses correctly (and likes, follows, shares) will win one of my "baby goat coats" (color/pattern of my choosing).

Aloha is starting to look preggers. Her sides are bulging. I think she's about a month behind Sandee, who is down standi...
02/04/2020

Aloha is starting to look preggers. Her sides are bulging. I think she's about a month behind Sandee, who is down standing beside her.

7 days until Sandee's kids are due. She's getting a nice little udder. She's got good sized teats and great teat placeme...
02/04/2020

7 days until Sandee's kids are due. She's getting a nice little udder. She's got good sized teats and great teat placement.

These girls are just the sweetest. Hazel and Peaches. Peaches is my youngest pig and she's super friendly.
02/03/2020

These girls are just the sweetest. Hazel and Peaches. Peaches is my youngest pig and she's super friendly.

My hubby was just informed he bought me this for Valentine's Day. 😁Thanks, honey! I love it!Just a heads up....they are ...
02/03/2020
Personalized KuneKune Pig T-Shirt | Zazzle.com

My hubby was just informed he bought me this for Valentine's Day. 😁
Thanks, honey! I love it!
Just a heads up....they are 40% off today and you can customize them with your farm name.

Personalized KuneKune Pig T-Shirt

Located in Winlock, WA.One dozen White American Bresse hatching eggs. My adults are shown in the photos. You can read ab...
02/01/2020

Located in Winlock, WA.
One dozen White American Bresse hatching eggs. My adults are shown in the photos. You can read about these wonderful multi-purpose birds here, on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/american-bresse
For genetic diversity my birds are a mix of all available import lines and have been culled HEAVILY. I only keep and breed the best that I can.
PM me with any questions.

More info on Willoughby Croft hatching eggs can be found here: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/hatching-eggs-for-sale

I also raise Crested Cream Legbar chickens and have hatching eggs for those, as well.

Located in Winlock, WA.One dozen Crested Cream Legbar hatching eggs. My adults are shown in the photos. You can read abo...
01/31/2020

Located in Winlock, WA.
One dozen Crested Cream Legbar hatching eggs. My adults are shown in the photos. You can read about these wonderful blue egg laying, autosexing birds here, on my website:https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/crested-cream-legbar-chickens
For genetic diversity my birds are a mix of all available import lines and have been culled HEAVILY. I only keep and breed the best that I can.
PM me with any questions.

More info on Willoughby Croft hatching eggs can be found here: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/hatching-eggs-for-sale

I also raise White American Bresse chickens and have hatching eggs for those, as well.

This year I'll be making some tough decisions on which goats stay and who will move on to new farms. When I say tough de...
01/30/2020

This year I'll be making some tough decisions on which goats stay and who will move on to new farms. When I say tough decisions, I mean it. These are all wonderful goats, from recognized breeders, with lovely pedigrees full of champions and milk stars. I wish I had more acreage and could have a HUGE herd but my reality is that I am currently at max capacity (probably over it)….and I'm going to want to retain some of this year's kids.

Does will be offered "in milk". They won't be ready to leave until their kids are weaned...and, fingers crossed, many should have earned their milk stars for production, as I plan to have them milk tested the end of June.

If you are interested in bringing one of our girls to your farm this summer (most will be ready in July) then let me know and I'll add you to my contact list. As does are offered for sale I'll let those folks know, first.

As always, thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, Willoughby Croft. We appreciate our customers so much.

It's not set in stone but these are some of the does who will likely be offered:

**Amelia (I've retained a daughter)
**Eloise (I've retained a daughter)

You can read about them on their individual pages on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft

01/30/2020

Aloha has settled in nicely. She and Sandee share a stall and are now BFF's. During the day those 2 are in with the 5 junior does and get to boss the youngsters around.

Aloha tries to pretend she's afraid of me....but if I ignore her soon she's right by my side trying to get my attention. I'm on to her. πŸ˜‰ She also loses ALL her shyness the minute food appears. She'll do anything for a peanut.

Goats are so amusing. I love all their individual personalities and getting to know them.

2 weeks until our first kids of 2020!!!!!!You remember when you were a youngster and the excitement you felt just before...
01/28/2020

2 weeks until our first kids of 2020!!!!!!
You remember when you were a youngster and the excitement you felt just before Christmas?
I feel that same way right before kids start popping. I can hardly contain myself. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Sandee is due Feb. 11th. 😍

Win a piggie!!!! πŸ–πŸ–πŸ–
01/27/2020

Win a piggie!!!! πŸ–πŸ–πŸ–

Let's have fun and give a barrow piglet away! Patsy first due date is January 31st-Feb 19th... correctly pick the date and amount of piglets with boy/girl count and win a free barrow piglet or $200 off any piglet. You would be responsible for transportation of the piglet. This picture was taken this morning
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Yeppers. This about sums it up.We have 2 seasons on our farm. Mud season. And fly season. I prefer the flies. πŸ˜„
01/27/2020

Yeppers. This about sums it up.
We have 2 seasons on our farm. Mud season. And fly season. I prefer the flies. πŸ˜„

Aloha just arrived in muddy Winlock. She's being a little shy right now but I'm sure we'll soon be friends. Fingers cros...
01/25/2020

Aloha just arrived in muddy Winlock. She's being a little shy right now but I'm sure we'll soon be friends. Fingers crossed she's pregnant. I can't really tell. She wouldn't be due until March or April.

Sandee didn't look pregnant when I brought her home in mid December....but she definitely looks it now. She's due in a little over 2 weeks.

The night crawlers don't mind all this mud. Lots of worm lovin' happening all over the orchard.
01/25/2020

The night crawlers don't mind all this mud. Lots of worm lovin' happening all over the orchard.

This girl will be arriving tomorrow evening from Hermiston, OR. Hubby will be visiting friends in Kennewick, then grabbi...
01/24/2020

This girl will be arriving tomorrow evening from Hermiston, OR. Hubby will be visiting friends in Kennewick, then grabbing Aloha on the way home. Fingers crossed she's pregnant with a blue eyed doeling for me. I'm bound and determined to get some blue eyes into my herd this season. Both Sandee and Aloha have the possibility to give me blue eyed kids. If I get a nice looking blue eyed buckling I'll likely retain him, too. I'm going to be very stingy with the blue eyed kids this year. 😁

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A BLUE EYED BUCK??????

***If I get 2 blue eyed bucks, one will be available for sale.....and I don't have anyone in line for a blue eyed buckling. The first person to place a reservation for a non-polled buckling will get first choice of any blue eyed bucklings that are offered for sale.***

Sandee is due Feb. 11th....and Aloha is likely due in March.

My current situation.
01/23/2020

My current situation.

2020 CHICKEN UPDATE:So much for trying to downsize my chickens into 2 pens. πŸ™„I was down to 15 Cream Legbars and 6 Bresse...
01/20/2020

2020 CHICKEN UPDATE:
So much for trying to downsize my chickens into 2 pens. πŸ™„

I was down to 15 Cream Legbars and 6 Bresse...and one mixed Pav/Legbar hen. I put the mixed girl and one of my 3 Legbar boys up for sale. Someone offered to trade me 6 Bresse (a rooster and 5 hens... not closely related to my current Bresse flock) for the 2 birds I had for sale. This was too good to pass up. Good thing I retained my other large coop and movable fencing. The 6 newcomers are all settled in. That brought me up to 25 birds and 3 pens.

A couple of days after the new birds' arrival (and the departure of my 3rd Legbar boy), the 2 remaining Cream Legbar roos, who are father and son and got along great, all of a sudden took issue with each other. πŸ€”
I believe the son was challenging dad. At first I noticed dad kind of hanging out by himself. The next day I found dad with blood all over his head and hiding in the coop.

So now the son is in a small coop in one of the pig pastures, along with 2 ladies to keep him company. The senior roo is with 10 hens in the big main coop. Now that he's healing I can see that the source of all the blood is a torn wattle. But he'll be fine.... just maybe not quite as handsome as he was.

Soooo.... I'm back to having chickens in 4 separate coops. Never a dull moment on the farm. But I should have plenty of American Bresse and Crested Cream Legbar chicks available this spring.

The Bresse are calm and friendly, especially the hens. They lay lots of large tan colored eggs and this breed of chicken is mainly raised for meat. They are the tastiest chickens I've ever raised. Both of these Bresse flocks have been culled hard and only the sweet natured roos have been retained.

The Cream Legbar chickens have also been culled hard. I do not have any Crele birds in my flock. All of my hens are cream and have nice crests. Both roosters are cream and also have crests. Both roosters are respectful of humans (only aggressive to each other). Cream Legbar hens lay lots of large blue/green eggs. Mine lay through the winter and their first winter they didn't slow down a bit.

I will be firing up my cabinet incubator next month. We should start having chicks available the end of February. 😊

I had to let my NPIP lapse last year due to a severely broken ankle...and now I don't have enough birds to reapply to the program (you need a minimum of 30 adult birds). I'm not interested in shipping birds out of state, anyway....so I am not planning on being NPIP from this point on.

I keep a closed farm for biosecurity reasons and I quarantine all new birds for 30 days. I have not had any illnesses in my flocks. All birds are healthy and thriving. You can buy chicks with confidence. 😊

(Photos are of my older Legbar boy with his battle wounds).

My Crested Cream Legbar hens are starting to lay again after their winter break. I will begin incubating eggs the first ...
01/14/2020

My Crested Cream Legbar hens are starting to lay again after their winter break. I will begin incubating eggs the first of February. Look for chicks approx. 21 days later. If you'd like to be notified when we have chicks available, let me know.

I culled my flock HEAVILY last fall. My current birds are the very best that I had. All have crests. The birds are all CREAM. No crele. I currently have 12 hens in with 2 gorgeous roosters.

My new family of American Bresse. 5 hens and a rooster. They arrived on the farm yesterday. This is my second breeding g...
01/14/2020

My new family of American Bresse. 5 hens and a rooster. They arrived on the farm yesterday. This is my second breeding group of Bresse. The other group is 2 roosters and 4 hens. Once this new group is out of quarantine I'll swap roosters between the groups. 2 weeks after that I'll fire up my incubator (providing the hens are all laying well). I plan on offering Bresse chicks for sale in late March.

I'm thrilled that these Bresse will be joining my farm today. ❀️
01/12/2020

I'm thrilled that these Bresse will be joining my farm today. ❀️

In case you're wondering if Kunekune root....Yep. Now I kind of feel bad for selling my first barrow, for rooting. But i...
01/12/2020

In case you're wondering if Kunekune root....

Yep. Now I kind of feel bad for selling my first barrow, for rooting. But in all honesty I like Clyde's personality better. πŸ˜‰

Does Clyde root? Like a friggin steam shovel. They really like this particular area. What are they after? Plum pits. "Crunch, crunch, crunch".

They didn't start rooting until late fall... when the grass stopped growing. I now have them in "sacrifice" areas until spring when they have pasture to munch, again.

This is our first year with pigs. There's a learning curve. 😁

01/11/2020

Good thing my extra coop didn't sell. I may be getting 5 more chickens next weekend. More American Bresse for my breeding program. I'll be able to have 2 breeding groups. πŸ˜ƒ
I hope to begin hatching Bresse and Cream Legbar chicks by mid February.

EDIT: I'll begin hatching Cream Legbars the end of February but the Bresse won't be available until late March.

Today Hazel and Penelope swapped places. Now Penny is in with Phinnius. She's nearly a year old and I thought her hind e...
01/11/2020

Today Hazel and Penelope swapped places. Now Penny is in with Phinnius. She's nearly a year old and I thought her hind end looked like she might be in heat....so in she went. Phinn is very happy with his new pen mate.

These two are very similar in coloring. It will be interesting to see if all their offspring are black and white.

Tomorrow it will be 30 days until Sandee kids. This photo was taken this morning. Her side was rippling due to a baby wr...
01/11/2020

Tomorrow it will be 30 days until Sandee kids. This photo was taken this morning. Her side was rippling due to a baby wriggling in there. ☺
I'm thinking at least 2. Do I dare hope for 3?

How freakin' adorable is this!?!!! It's from the gal we bought half a hog from. Her farm's logo on a dish towel.
01/11/2020

How freakin' adorable is this!?!!! It's from the gal we bought half a hog from. Her farm's logo on a dish towel.

Seen at a barbecue restaurant we visited yesterday.
01/11/2020

Seen at a barbecue restaurant we visited yesterday.

Fingers crossed these 2 are bred for May kids. Taffy and Josie have been in a separate pen with Waylon since Dec. 17th. ...
01/10/2020

Fingers crossed these 2 are bred for May kids. Taffy and Josie have been in a separate pen with Waylon since Dec. 17th. I was going to leave them with him for a while longer but the weather is taking a turn for the worst so I brought the girls back to the barn and put Waylon back in the buck pen.

Both girls had dried goop under their tails so that's a good sign. ☺️

I made it a whole 7 days into the new year without buying a goat!That being said....I have good news! I just put a depos...
01/08/2020

I made it a whole 7 days into the new year without buying a goat!

That being said....I have good news! I just put a deposit down on this pretty girl, JMR Aloha! She's a 6th gen. purebred Mini Nubian. She's been exposed (for 2 months) to a blue eyed 7th gen. buck. Their kids will be 6th generation with the possibility of blue eyes. I can't make any promises but there is a chance we may have a blue eyed buckling available this season....since we likely will have 2 does bred by blue eyed bucks (Aloha and Sandee). So far there is only one reservation for bucklings and that person wants a polled buckling (those won't be blue eyed). So whoever is 2nd in line will get first dibbs on a blue eyed boy, should one become available.

Aloha will be joining our herd at the end of January. ❀️

Willoughby Croft is located in Winlock, WA. On I-5 between Olympia and Portland.Consider Joe. Breezee Creek's MME Joseph...
01/07/2020

Willoughby Croft is located in Winlock, WA. On I-5 between Olympia and Portland.
Consider Joe. Breezee Creek's MME Joseph. 4th generation moon spotted Mini Nubian buck. He was a triplet. His dam is one of my best milkers. I plan on milk testing her this summer and am confident she'll earn her milk star. His Sire, Blackberry's Moon Man, is now a finished champion! Joe is an easy going, sweet natured buck. I also own his Dam and sister....and I've bred him to a couple of my does. If you'd like to discuss him please shoot me a PM. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft

01/07/2020

OMG! This rain is awful. My pastures are a swampy, muddy mess.

Not much happening other than days and days of rain. OH, we did buy a 1/2 Kunekune hog for our freezer. I also got a big bag full of lard to render. We haven't tried this pork yet but are excited to do so.

I'm getting excited. Sandee is due around Feb. 10th. She's finally starting to look pregnant. Fingers crossed for twins....
01/04/2020

I'm getting excited. Sandee is due around Feb. 10th. She's finally starting to look pregnant. Fingers crossed for twins. 😊🀞
The paper shows the kids' pedigree. LOTS milk!

We won't have more kids born until April. I don't usually breed for Feb. kids, due to the cold....but I bought Sandee already bred.

I added a new feature to my website. If you go to the 2020 Goat Breeding pages, and look at each individual couple, you ...
01/01/2020
2020 Goat Breeding (page 2) | willoughbycroft

I added a new feature to my website. If you go to the 2020 Goat Breeding pages, and look at each individual couple, you can now click on a link to access a PDF of what those goat's kids' Pedigree is. This is information that I'd love to have for every goat I am interested in. I hope it will be useful for you, as well. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/2020-goat-breeding-page-2

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....

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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 proprietress 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 high quality registered Mini Nubian Dairy Goats, Crested Cream Legbar and American Bresse Gauloise Chickens and Purebred KuneKune Pigs. Life is good.

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Oops...I did it again. πŸ˜†πŸ˜Ž
im here lol
Nice page :)