Bill Radford

Country Life columnist

Bill Radford and his wife live in eastern El Paso County with a menagerie that includes a horse, mule, goats, rabbits and chickens.
  • Blog: A barn update: John Wayne WAS there

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    My column this week on the big red barn at Meadow Lake Airport in Falcon mentioned a rumor that John Wayne had been there for a birthday party. Gazette reader Bessie Radspinner says there’s some truth to the rumor. John Wayne WAS there. But not for a birthday party, but a bull sale....

  • Blog: 'The Age of Ultron': The reviews are in

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The reviews are in for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" - and they're not all that positive. Not that that will slow it down at the box office, I'm guessing. Here's a sampling: Jake Coyle, The Associated Press: As a sequel, “Age of Ultron” pushes further into emotionality and...

  • The Country Life: John Wayne or not, barn near Colorado Springs has rich history

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The distinctive, old red barn on Judge Orr Road next to the Meadow Lake Airport always draws my gaze when I drive by. I have long wondered about the barn's history. So has Jason Blair, the barn's latest owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his...

  • The Country Life: Colorado rancher copies nature to go 'beyond organic'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Casey Cook takes his cues from nature. Cook is owner of Colorado Sustainable Farms in Calhan - what his website calls "a beyond organic, grass based, sustainable market farm." He raises beef cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and in doing so he practices "natural animal husbandry" -...

  • The Country Life: Contrary to reputation, goats are picky eaters

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    If you're a parent, and your children at mealtime used to decorate the high chair and floor with food without getting much in their mouth, then you know what it's like to feed goats. Despite their reputations for eating anything, including tin cans, goats are generally picky eaters....

  • The Country Life: Tracing a barn's 100-year history

    Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    I often drive by the old red barn on Judge Orr Road near the Meadow Lake Airport. And when I do, I wonder about its history. So does Jason Blair, the barn’s current owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his business; he’s done renovations, including a...

  • The Country Life: Ready to start a chicken flock? The chicks are waiting

    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Hear that chirping? Spring is back - and so are baby chicks. If you're looking to start or replenish your chicken flock, now's a prime time. But if you're going to be a chicken owner for the first time, do your homework first. "Don't be afraid," says Herbert Aparicio, who's...

  • Blog: Speaking with the Animal Whisperer

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    I talked this week with Herbert Aparicio, aka the Animal Whisperer. He’s teaching a class in April titled “Raising Backyard Chickens.” I’ll have some of his advice on raising chickens in an upcoming column. But I also wanted to know: Why is he known as the Animal Whisperer? It’s even...

  • The Country Life: How does your garden grow? With horse manure? Cow pies?

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    When you have as many animals as I do, you deal with a lot of, well, crap. On a recent Saturday morning, I cleaned up mounds of horse poo in the corral, then cleaned out the rabbit house (where the rabbits insist on doing their business instead of out in their pen) and, finally,...

  • The Country Life: Saying farewell to the Colorado winter

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    In a few days, spring will officially begin. Of course, springtime in the Rockies can be hard to distinguish from winter at times. Blinding snowstorms could strike. Bitter cold could sting. Still, it certainly has felt like spring (or even summer) in recent days. So with that, I...

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