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.
  • 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...

  • The Country Life: Want to keep bees? Get educated first.

    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Spring is coming - and for some people, that means the welcome arrival of bees. It appears a lot of folks in the Pikes Peak region are interested in beekeeping: Last weekend's day-and-a-half session of the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association's 2015 Beekeeping School was filled, as is...

  • The Country Life: A new chicken in the flock -it's like high school all over again

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    We have an addition to our chicken flock, courtesy of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Our flock has consisted of six chickens we got as chicks two years ago - five hens and an unexpected rooster. Now we're up to seven with the recently adopted hen. By the way, if you're...

  • The Country Life: What to do with your horse when it crosses over the Rainbow Bridge

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    This is not a pleasant topic. But it's a question pretty much any owner of horses or other large animals - llamas, goats, etc. - will have to face at some point: What do you do with the body when your animal dies? It's not a goldfish you can send to a watery grave. It's not a cat you...

  • The Country Life: Dream of a barn is two sheds closer to reality

    Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    We have a barn! Well, sort of. Almost. A "pre-barn," really. I wrote a column in December containing my Christmas wish list; topping that list was a barn. We have 3½ acres of pasture, but as I noted, there was no home for horses when we moved in. So we had a run-in shelter...

  • Blog: German POWs were in the Pikes Peak region, too

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Tuesday’s Country Life column on Jerry Kaufman’s memories of German POWs working on the family farm in Nebraska during World War II resulted in a torrent of emails and phone calls. Some of those were people with stories of their own; others called or emailed to let me know that Fort...

  • The Country Life: Life down on the farm - with German POWs

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A recent column spurred Jerry Kaufman of Black Forest to send me an email that included a few memories of growing up on a farm in Nebraska. In the email, Kaufman matter-of-factly mentioned Italian and German POWs working on the farm during World War II. Wait, what? German prisoners...

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