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: 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...

  • The Country Life: From coffee table to slow feeder box

    Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Our horse, Nikki, is kind of a pig when it comes to dining, tossing her hay every which way as she scarfs it down as fast as possible. Nikki also has long had digestive issues, particularly diarrhea, sometimes so bad it runs down her back legs. (I apologize to those reading this over...

  • 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...

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