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Blog: Chicken coop tour is this weekend

May 15, 2015

The sixth annual Take a Peak Chicken Coop Tour is Saturday and Sunday. So if you’re thinking of raising chickens, or have chickens but want to see...

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Blog: A barn update: John Wayne WAS there

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....

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

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,...

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Blog: Speaking with the Animal Whisperer

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...

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

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...

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Blog: The return of good old No. 17

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...

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Blog: A desperate search, a Christmas miracle

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...

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Blog: Watching out for the horses

Nov 20, 2014

The recent case involving more than a dozen dead horses in Black Forest and charges of animal cruelty drew a lot of attention from horse lovers...

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Blog: Goats and "the rod of shame"

Nov 5, 2014

Robert Christie, who saw my Tuesday column on goat fencing, emailed me with a different solution: instead of altering the fence to keep the goat...

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Blog: Pumpkins for Pigs

Oct 29, 2014

So, what are you going to do with those Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns once Halloween has come and gone? Instead of tossing them,...

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Blog: More on the issue of cruelty to animals

Oct 22, 2014

Tuesday’s Country Life column on cruelty to animals and whether there’s a distinction made between pets and farm animals sparked plenty of...

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Live and learn: Fencing NOT to get for a goat

Oct 6, 2014

Remind me next time to Google “goat fencing” BEFORE I actually buy the fencing.  Our fencing that formed the goat pen was looking pretty...

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Blog: What constitutes cruelty to animals?

Oct 3, 2014

Had an interesting conversation with Joe Stafford, director of animal law enforcement for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, on what...

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Blog: Visiting Homestead Ranch Regional Park

Sep 16, 2014

My column on the search for a new goat house mentions visiting a home near Homestead Ranch Regional Park in Peyton. Over the weekend, my wife and...

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The Country Life: Happy anniversary - a year in the life

Sep 9, 2014

The Country Life column has passed the one-year mark. Over the year, I've learned a lot - about everything from weed control to septic-tank...

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Blog: The future of farming?

Aug 19, 2014

Have I seen the future of farming? Over the weekend, I visited Heritage Belle Farms, a Calhan-area farm run by 29-year-old Katie Belle Miller. She...

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Blog: Taking on the top killer of horses

Aug 15, 2014

I talked with Dr. Clint Unruh, with Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, on Thursday. The topic was colic, a term horse owners all know...

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Blog: Invasion of the botfly

Aug 12, 2014

My column on biting flies today did mention another fly threat to horses: the botfly. “These flies,” says Terry Galbreath of Bonny Burn Ranch,...

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Blog: A home for eggs; return of the chicks

Aug 4, 2014

    The question was: What do we do with all these eggs?   My wife and I went on vacation last week in Montana. We took the...

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Steers, swine and 4-H

Jul 7, 2014

Over the weekend I learned about steers and swine.

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“Horseless Horse” and more on 4-H

Jul 15, 2014

My column on 4-H mentioned that 4-H is a lot more than just livestock projects, encompassing subjects from cake decorating to shooting sports...

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Exploring the link between women and horses

Jul 22, 2014

Sure, there’s a long history of cowboys and their reliable steeds, but it seems like women and horses share a special bond. My wife and daughter...

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Freedom for one bird, back with the flock for another

Jun 23, 2014

An update on two bird stories. On the day before Memorial Day, our daughter found a baby horned lark hopping down the middle of the road, no mom or...

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More on jacks - rabbits, that is

Jun 3, 2014

My column on jackrabbits spurred some readers to share their memories. Alan Nanninga, who grew up in the 1930s on a farm in northern Kansas, said...

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All for the birds

May 27, 2014

  Monday was all about the birds. The night before, our daughter had found a baby bird walking down the dirt road near our house. She brought...

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Two goats without a house

May 22, 2014

We did not get rain or hail in our neighborhood in the Falcon area Wednesday, but we did get a burst of wind that destroyed our goat shelter. (My...

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What to do when the cows come home - to your home

May 6, 2014

I talked Monday with Chris Whitney, the state brand commissioner, about Colorado’s fence law.  Essentially, what that law says is that...

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Meeting the minis: Checking out pint-sized goats

Apr 23, 2014

Tuesday was all about the goats. In the morning, I visited the Colorado Springs home of Monycka Snowbird, whose backyard menagerie includes...

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A mule's shocking end

Apr 21, 2014

My column last week on mules stirred memories for reader Marvin Maul, a retired veterinarian. He shared via email this story of his exposure to...

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Entering mule country

Apr 10, 2014

I paid a visit to the ranch of Linda and Charles Geist in eastern El Paso County this week  to meet their mules. Linda is president of the Pikes...

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Windmill enthusiasts coming to Colorado

Apr 1, 2014

I started looking into windmills for my next Country Life column and found out that Calhan will be Windmill Central in June. The 26th annual...

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Powers Ranch auction on Saturday

Mar 17, 2014

In November, I wrote about the end of an era at the Powers Ranch east of Colorado Springs. The late Ray Powers moved his Powers Dairy there in the...

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Some egg-stremely helpful advice

Mar 12, 2014

Who knew? Reader Terry Galbreath  (I wrote about his Bonny Burn Ranch near Calhan a while back) commented on this week’s column on raising...

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Baby chick season is here

Mar 6, 2014

Baby chick season is underway. The Big R store in Falcon received its first shipment of chicks on Wednesday. I asked Jessica Metts, an employee in...

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Dinosaur poo? Maybe not

Feb 26, 2014

Early this month, I wrote about Terry and Healther Galbreath and their Bonny Burn Ranch near Calhan. I mentioned that Terry gave me a piece of...

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Colorado Springs Horseman's Day - and mules, too

Feb 24, 2014

I dropped in on Colorado Springs Horseman’s Day on Saturday. While I didn’t hear Temple Grandin’s presentation, I did see her....

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The safety of propane tanks - will they go boom?

Feb 18, 2014

I talked with Kristin Westman of Apollo Propane in Falcon today about how things are going in terms of the Great Propane Crisis of 2014. More on...

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Chickens and eggs: Back in business

Feb 13, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow recently predicted six more weeks of winter. But our chickens have apparently declared an end to winter already....

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Happiness is a full propane tank

Feb 7, 2014

We’ve made an addition to our longtime saying that “Happiness is a full hay barn.” Happiness is also a full propane tank. Apollo Propane warned us...

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Preparing for the cold

Feb 4, 2014

I’m a little freaked about the severe cold predicted for the next couple of days. And I feel bad for the outside animals. But the horse and...

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Jackrabbit for dinner? Maybe not

Jan 30, 2014

Jackrabbits sometimes hang out in our pasture and it’s always interesting to see them race across the field; with their giant ears and back...

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50 pounds of manure a day? Not all agree

Jan 17, 2014

So how much poop DOES a horse produce? In my column on manure management,  which appeared in Tuesday’s Gazette, I stated that the average...

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A bunch of manure

Jan 13, 2014

When you have as many animals as we do, you have to deal with a lot of doo-doo. There’s chicken poop. Rabbit poop. Goat poop. Guinea pig...

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The big R (not the store)

Sep 10, 2013

The new Country Life column is posted here. It’s about my struggle in deciding whether to mow the land around our country...

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Hanging out with the alpacas

Sep 9, 2013

I visited the O’Neill Brothers Alpaca Ranch over the weekend; it’s in Falcon, just a couple of miles from my home. The ranch is home to...

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A new day dawns

Sep 6, 2013

Here’s one advantage to life in the country: Some pretty spectacular sunrises. (The wide-open spaces make for some swell sunsets as well.)

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A rooster remedy

Sep 5, 2013

My The Country Life column kicked off the other day with a column on why roosters crow and, what, if anything, can be done to keep them from...

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Bill Radford and his wife live on 5 acres east of Colorado Springs with three horses, two goats, a half-dozen chickens, three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, two guinea pigs and two parrots.