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: How to handle a snowstorm and the challenges due to isolation

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Though winter appears to be taking a break this week, it'll be back. And recent snowstorms - including one that kept me holed up in a downtown hotel overnight instead of venturing home - have had me thinking about emergency preparedness. While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret,...

  • The Country Life: Bag of Chips at home in home

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    I've written about our goat Nana, who we rescued at an early age and who spent a bit of time indoors; though she and her companion, Christmas, now live outdoors, Nana has made it clear she'd be perfectly happy hanging out on the couch with the dogs. Cheryl Sellin has a goat that...

  • The Country Life: For chickens, it's a long winter break

    Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    No "farm fresh eggs" for us this winter - at least not from our chickens. We have five hens and one cranky rooster. The hens stopped laying eggs in November and probably won't start again until spring. The reason? The short winter days. Hens need about 14 hours of light a day to...

  • Blog: The return of good old No. 17

    Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Last May, I wrote about repeated visits by a group of cattle that kept escaping from a nearby ranch; they were typically led by a cow with distinctive markings and the No. 17 on her ear. The law says it's not really up to the rancher to keep his cattle confined; rather, it's up to us...

  • The Country Life: Sometimes life in the country is for the birds

    Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    When we lived in the city, we had about 3/4 of an acre, much of that tree-covered. With the trees and our fish pond, we had no trouble attracting an abundance of birds; in the summer, we sometimes had to close the windows because the predawn chatter of the birds was so loud. Out in...

  • The Country Life: Time for animals to make their New Year's resolutions, too

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    It's just about the new year - and time for many of us to make resolutions we won't keep. This year, I thought it would be interesting to help our animals with their resolutions. Nikki the horse I resolve not to pick on Molly the mule. I miss my old horse buddies; they've all...

  • Blog: A desperate search, a Christmas miracle

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    So, how many Christmas miracles is one family entitled to? In my Country Life column this week, I recounted a Christmas week search from a couple of years ago for our missing goat; her return resulted in us naming her Christmas. We had another search – longer, more desperate – this...

  • The Country Life: A holiday tale of two goats and a Christmas miracle

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Editor's note: This column originally ran last Christmas Eve; we're running it again for readers who may have missed it the first time or would like to read this holiday story anew. This is the story of how Christmas the goat got her name. But to tell the story of Christmas the...

  • The Country Life: All I want for Christmas is ... a barn, a tractor and a chicken gym

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    My Christmas wish list has changed a lot since moving to the country. Sure, I still wish for peace on Earth, good will to men (and women), all that. But life in the country also has me dreaming of other things, most of which would require deeper pockets than I have. But that's why...

  • The Country Life: No dirt, no weeds - is aquaponics the future of farming?

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    No dirt. No tractors. And no weeds! In a warehouse on the east side of Colorado Springs, Gavin Vitt and his wife, Marshea, have started a business focused on what they see as the future of farming: aquaponics. So I was intrigued when the first thing I saw when I entered the lobby...