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: 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...

  • 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...

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