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.

04/08/2020

Hallelujah! Lily is finally catching on. I i was syringe feeding the girls for the second time. Got done with one. Put her in stall and started getting the second one fed. Then I heard the familiar slurping noise coming from the stall. Sure enough, Lily was letting the first girl nurse. Put the second girl back in and she nursed some, too. Lily looked at me like, "Oh.... this is how it works!?!!"

04/08/2020

LILY HAD TWIN DOELINGS!!!! BOTH ARE MOON SPOTTED. ONE IS POLLED. HARVEY DONE GOOD!
I went to check on her at 5am and there they were. One was all goopy and lying in a corner. I thought she was dead. Scooped her up and dried her off. The other (first born) was standing and dry. Lily was cooing over her and completely ignoring the second born. Lily is a first time mom and apparently clueless. So far she isn't standing for the girls to latch. I syringed some colostrum into them....after hobbling mom so I could get some. I've left them to bond and will check again in a bit. Lily is "talking to them" but not really doing much else at this point.

First doeling is brown with moon spots. She weighed 5 lbs.
Second doeling is black and polled. She weighed 5 lbs. 3 oz.

I'll get photos later today.

04/07/2020

I suspect Lily is in early labor. Her ligaments are gone and she's cocking her tail to one side... which she's never done before.

04/07/2020

Whew! With all the crazies buying Ivomectin products (to inject themselves with. Don't they know it stings like a mutha?) I thought it best to grab some while I can. I was able to get some Noromectin injectible from Jeffers...but it's backordered until the 16th. I don't want to be caught without it, just in case.

I made some headway with the garden. I got my strawberries transplanted into a new box. I still need to add some goat fe...
04/07/2020

I made some headway with the garden. I got my strawberries transplanted into a new box. I still need to add some goat fertilizer and some mulch.

04/06/2020

I milked Aloha for the first time this morning and I am pleasantly surprised. She hadn't been hand milked before, so she was a little bit "freaked out" and kicky....but by the end she had settled down. Her udder has very nice attachments. Her front attachment has no shelf. Just a slight dimple. And the amount of milk she gave was about double what Sandee gave at 2 weeks fresh. So for now Aloha is off the table. I am curious to see what her production peaks at. I think she'll surpass Sandee. Aloha may have to hang around for at least another year so I can retain a daughter with the WILLOUGHBY CROFT herd name. Due to this new revelation Beau is also temporarily off the table. At least for a couple of weeks.

Aloha was very shy when she first arrived....and even up until she went into labor. But now that I've been by her side through labor and delivery....she loves me and is constantly coming up for pets and kisses. It won't break my heart to keep this sweet doe around a while longer.

And it is AWESOME to once again have 2 does in milk. Especially since I have 2 bottle babies to feed. Now we can ALL have milk. ๐Ÿ˜„

04/06/2020

Today is Lily's day 149. We should have another goat kid born any time. I believe she's only carrying a single. She's so svelte. She's not in labor yet.

Our 6 young does enjoying their breakfast. I love that they are a variety of colors. Three of these girls are likely pre...
04/05/2020

Our 6 young does enjoying their breakfast. I love that they are a variety of colors. Three of these girls are likely pregnant. Can't wait to see their kids. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Beau taking a "death nap" on the slide. He and his sister,  Suzie, were enjoying some rare sunshine.
04/05/2020

Beau taking a "death nap" on the slide. He and his sister, Suzie, were enjoying some rare sunshine.

04/04/2020

It looks like my pigs will be leaving for their new home very soon. I am bummed that they didn't work out for our little farm. These pigs are just the sweetest things ever and I was soooo looking forward to cuddling piglets. But the reality is we simply don't have the acreage required.

I am however, very happy about their placement. They are going to a farm with 9 acres! With lots of pasture. They are going to be very happy piggies, indeed.

I am giving them lots of pats and belly rubs, trying to get my fill before their departure. I'm going to especially miss my sweet little Peaches.

Hatching eggs are flying out of here (pardon the pun) as fast as my hens can lay them. I only plan on hatching chicks fo...
04/04/2020

Hatching eggs are flying out of here (pardon the pun) as fast as my hens can lay them. I only plan on hatching chicks for my personal use (although I MAY have extras, eventually)โ€ฆ.so if you want some White American Bresse or Crested Cream Legbar chickens from Willoughby Croft it will have to come from hatching eggs. I'm just too busy during this pandemic to have time to hatch and raise chicks for the public. I'll be spending much more time growing and processing food. A garden is now a necessity instead of a hobby.

Today's quarantine snack brought to you by.... homemade goat milk velveeta. Yummy!
04/02/2020

Today's quarantine snack brought to you by.... homemade goat milk velveeta. Yummy!

04/02/2020

-SPOKEN FOR-
LOCATED IN WINLOCK, WA. Exit 63 off I-5. Between Portland and Olympia.

Very sweet, friendly 100% KUNEKUNE. These are the perfect pasture pets for someone with lots of grassy pasture. They will also need some hog ration each day, to stay healthy, but the bulk of their diet is plain ol' pasture grass. They make excellent lawn mowers.

Peaches is about 10 months old and super friendly. Just the sweetest little girl. She loves attention and will flip right over for a good belly rub. She has bright orange wavy hair. She comes with a 50# bag of feed (if available).

Clyde is also very friendly and easy going. He is black and white. He is a barrow. He comes with a 50# bag of feed (if available).

Pigs are very social creatures so these 2 make a great team.
More info is available on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/kunekune

04/02/2020

-SPOKEN FOR-
LOCATED IN WINLOCK, WA. Exit 63 off I-5. Between Portland and Olympia.
These are the perfect pasture pets for someone with lots of grassy pasture. They will also need some hog ration each day, to stay healthy, but the bulk of their diet is plain ol' pasture grass. They make excellent lawn mowers.

Phinnius and Penelope are a breeding pair. Both are a year old. Penelope is very likely pregnant as they have been together for 3 months and Phinnius had already impregnated my older sow, Hazel, who is already sold. You should have piglets in late April or May. However pregnancy is not guaranteed but most likely. Both are double wattled and registered. You can read more about them on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/kunekune

***I'll include 2 50# bags of hog feed, while supplies last.**

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03/31/2020

Crazy weather today. Sunny one minute, hailing the next. I did manage to get some things accomplished. Disbudded Beau and gave Frank and Lovey their cd/t.

DAIRY GOAT BREEDER CHALLENGE!Herd name (if you have one): Willoughby CroftWhat state do you live in?: WAWhat breed(s) do...
03/30/2020

DAIRY GOAT BREEDER CHALLENGE!

Herd name (if you have one): Willoughby Croft

What state do you live in?: WA

What breed(s) do you raise?: Mini Nubians

Do you breed for pet or show?: pet, milk, show

How long have you been raising/showing?: Raising 5 years. Showing 1 year.

Are you a member of a specific Registry?: MDGA

Do you show in said registry?: Yes

What brand of feed?: Purina goat chow, alfalfa pellets, BOSS, shredded beet pulp, Alfalfa and 2nd cutting orchard grass. My goats eat well.

How many do you have????: Right now? 21.

Best Mentors that helped you: No mentor but there are a few people whose advice I trust and whose herds I admire.

Highest award won?: None yet. I've only recently gotten serious about my goats.

One goal you want to complete in 2020?: Get milk stars for some of my does. Not sure if that'll be possible this year due to the virus situation. ๐Ÿ˜•

Do you have any homegrown SGCH, FMCH, VMCH, or FGCH?: Not yet but I'm trying to work towards that.

Best/favorite goat and why?: Willoughby Croft Saltwater Taffy. She's the first doe with my herd name that I felt was good enough to retain. She's got beautiful coloring and placed well in the 2019 Virtual shows.

Most favorite memory while raising or showing?: Kidding season.... every year.

Your favorite colors of goata in no special order: I'm fond of moon spots, roans, and uniquely colored goats.

Bonus; Post your favorite goat photo(s) with this status:

**TEMPORARILY OFF THE TABLE**Willoughby Croft wants to be your source for quality Mini Nubian Dairy Goats in Lewis Count...
03/29/2020

**TEMPORARILY OFF THE TABLE**

Willoughby Croft wants to be your source for quality Mini Nubian Dairy Goats in Lewis County, WA. We're Located in Winlock, WA. Exit 63 off of I-5. Between Olympia and Portland.

JMR Aloha
F6 PUREBRED
Born 4-17-16
**Nice ears and Roman nose**
57.19% Nubian/42.81% Nigerian Dwarf
G6S normal by testing

We bought Aloha bred and the plan was to retain a blue eyed daughter and then find a new farm for momma. Well, we didn't get a blue eyed doeling (drats!) but we got 2 healthy buck/doe twins and we have enjoyed having Aloha in our herd. Ours is a VERY small farm and we need to keep our numbers down. Aloha will likely be my last "doe in milk" this year.

Aloha is a sweet doe. Rather shy until she trusts you. She had an easy pregnancy and birth. This was her 3rd freshening and she's always had buck/doe twins. I had her tested for G6S and she's normal.

You can read all about her on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/aloha-available

**TEMPORARILY OFF THE TABLE**Willoughby Croft wants to be your source for quality Mini Nubian Dairy Goats in Lewis Count...
03/29/2020

**TEMPORARILY OFF THE TABLE**

Willoughby Croft wants to be your source for quality Mini Nubian Dairy Goats in Lewis County, WA. We're Located in Winlock, WA. Exit 63 off of I-5. Between Olympia and Portland.

W4's Beau Brummell
F6 PUREBRED
Born 3-22-20
**BLUE EYES!**
55.08% Nubian/44.92% Nigerian Dwarf
G6S normal by parentage
DAM: JMR Aloha
SIRE: Cedar Creek RB Texas Timmy
He will be registered with MDGA
He's got an excellent Roman nose and gorgeous l-o-n-g ears!
PM me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/goats-we-have-available

Well that was a tough decision. Both of my blue eyed bucklings are solidly built boys. Both have some great udders behin...
03/29/2020

Well that was a tough decision. Both of my blue eyed bucklings are solidly built boys. Both have some great udders behind them and come from really good lines. Beau has a better Roman nose, longer ears, and he's a Purebred. But in the end I am going to be retaining Frank. There's just something about him that I really like, plus he's got a really nice extended pedigree. Both boys share some of the same relatives. Beau's grandsire is Frank's sire.

The good news is I have a gorgeous, strapping, blue eyed, purebred buckling available who has a very nice Roman nose and super long ears. I'll be updating my website and putting him on Craigslist.

***UPDATE: I am currently SOLD OUT of hatching eggs....but I can add you to my waiting list.***HATCHING EGGS Located in ...
03/26/2020

***UPDATE: I am currently SOLD OUT of hatching eggs....but I can add you to my waiting list.***

HATCHING EGGS
Located in Winlock, WA. We meet at exit 63 off of I-5. Safe, outdoors pick up. I no longer will mail eggs due to not wanting to visit the post office.

Currently available:
1 dozen White American Bresse
2 dozen Crested Cream Legbar
The Bresse eggs have been especially popular since they are both a meat bird and provide plenty of eggs.

Eggs are fresh and fertile. I have 4 separate pens and there is NO mixing of breeds. I will not be hatching this spring so there will be no chicks or pullets available. However demand for both is strong, due to the current virus threat (which will likely last for many months). Here's your chance to hatch some chicks for yourself and some to have available to others.

Details on my website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/hatching-eggs-available

Aloha brought her kids out to meet the herd today. She's so proud.
03/25/2020

Aloha brought her kids out to meet the herd today. She's so proud.

03/25/2020

-SPOKEN FOR-

We are located in Winlock, WA. Right off I-5. Halfway between Olympia and Portland. MESSAGE ME OR CHECK MY WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO.
https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/kunekune

***I'll include one 50# bag of hog feed, PER PIG, while supplies last.**
Available separately or together. These are wonderful pigs. Very sweet natured and friendly. They eat less than regular sized hogs. Mine get 2 cups of 14% hog ration, per pig, twice a day. That, fresh water, and lots of pasture is all they need.
Unfortunately we only have an acre, and we also raise goats. We simply don't have enough room to raise the pigs as well as goats. They are competing for the same pasture. And honestly this breed of pig needs more pasture than we have. They are pasture pigs, after all. If you have lots of grassy pasture these pigs will be in hog heaven. ;-)
We have assembled a very nice little herd. DISCOUNT if all go together. Here's your chance to have your own, self sustaining pasture pork meat source. You can see registrations and read more about them on our website: https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/kunekune

Breeding pair, Phinnius and Penelope (both registered). These are our "best" pigs. Both are double wattled and a year old. They are only available as an unrelated breeding pair. Penelope is likely pregnant as she's been with Phinn for a few months. They are both white and black.

Peaches (unregistered). Peaches is our youngest and friendliest pig. She LOVES attention and belly rubs. She is 100% Kunekune but unregistered. She is double wattled. She's not been exposed to our boar because she is only 9 months old. She and Hazel share a separate pen. She has copper colored wavy hair.

Clyde, barrow. Clyde was purchased to grow out for slaughter. He is about a year old. He is white with black spots.

03/24/2020

Rick and I have come to the realization that we simply don't have enough acreage to keep pigs as well as goats. We will be offering our 5 kunekune up for sale immediately. 3 are registered. Two may be expecting piglets. PM me if you are interested. I'll post more info once I have time.

We will have a blue eyed buckling available. ๐Ÿ˜I will be retaining either Frank or Beau. Now that I have 2 very similar c...
03/24/2020

We will have a blue eyed buckling available. ๐Ÿ˜
I will be retaining either Frank or Beau. Now that I have 2 very similar colored blue eyed boys, I'll need to grow Beau out for a few weeks and then I'll make my decision. Once that happens I will make the other one available. Message me if you'd like to be notified at that time. Both are red roans with frosted ears and muzzle.

W4's Beau Brummell. Just 16 hours old. This guy was stomping his front leg at his sister this morning. He's a beast. Sti...
03/23/2020

W4's Beau Brummell. Just 16 hours old. This guy was stomping his front leg at his sister this morning. He's a beast. Still needs to unfold. I love his head and loooong ears. He may have to stay here. ๐Ÿค”

W4's Brown Eyed Susan at 16 hrs. old. She's still got some unfolding to do...but what a little cutie. ๐Ÿ˜
03/23/2020

W4's Brown Eyed Susan at 16 hrs. old. She's still got some unfolding to do...but what a little cutie. ๐Ÿ˜

03/23/2020

I have to say, I'm not a fan of pen breeding. I hope I never have to do that again. It was a bit stressful not knowing when Aloha was due. I have 3 more pen bred does to worry over this year....Misty, Taffy, and Josephine.
I'll have 2 weeks to enjoy Aloha's kids, Beau and Suzie. Then the floodgates will open with Lily, Amelia, Eloise, Misty, and Becky kidding in quick succession. That's another thing I hope I don't have to repeat in the future....having so many does kidding at once. I'm gonna be so worn out.

JMR Aloha FINALLY gave birth this evening, 3-22-20. W4's Beau Brummell and W4's Brown Eyed Susan. A buck and a doe. She ...
03/23/2020

JMR Aloha FINALLY gave birth this evening, 3-22-20. W4's Beau Brummell and W4's Brown Eyed Susan. A buck and a doe. She was in labor since about 10am this morning. I think the first kid was born around 6pm. It was a l-o-n-g day! Both were classic "nose over toes" deliveries. The buck is huge. 6 lb. 6 oz. The doe is a petite little thing. Just 4 lb. 2 oz. Buck has blue eyes. Buck has Cedar Creek RB Texas Timmy's coloring. Doe has Aloha's coloring. Both have frosted ears. They are F6.

This is Aloha's 3rd freshening and she's always had buck/doe twins. She's sure consistent. I'll be updating our 2020 Nursery page with photos sometime today. https://crazihippichic.wixsite.com/willoughbycroft/2020-nursery

03/22/2020

Dare I say it? I think Aloha is going to have her kids today.

Just went out there and she was standing behind the barn, concentrating....and arching her back every once in awhile. She's now in the kidding stall. Fingers crossed this isn't another false alarm. This girl has certainly kept me guessing. She's big enough that triplets wouldn't surprise me, either. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผโ“โ“โ“

03/21/2020

Mia and Skyler are now officially "outside goats". They slept in the barn last night, with Sandee's twins. The girls are now 3 1/2 weeks old, weigh 8.6 pounds, are drinking 9.2 ounces, 3 times a day......and are eating hay, alfalfa, feed pellets, and drinking water.

Rick and I really enjoyed having bottle babies in our kitchen and will likely do so again. Rick is absolutely smitten with these 2 sweet girls. ๐Ÿฅฐ

We're STILL waiting for Aloha to kid...but next up, after her, will be Lily. Lily is due in 2 weeks and she really doesn...
03/21/2020

We're STILL waiting for Aloha to kid...but next up, after her, will be Lily. Lily is due in 2 weeks and she really doesn't even look pregnant. But she's getting a bit of an udder so I think she's got one in there. We joke that she's carrying a gerbil. ๐Ÿคฃ

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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. Life is good.

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