About myself and my birds
My name is Duane Johnson. I live in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am manager of software development for a large national CPA/Consulting firm. I have been programming PCs for over twenty years. I grew up on a farm in central Minnesota. I have been in Minneapolis since high school graduation.
I have been raising finches for 25+ years. I have had many kinds of finches but the one I have had the entire time is the Zebra finch. I normally have between 50 and 200 birds. Currently I have only Zebra finches. I have had most of the color variations, with the black varieties and orange breast varieties being my favorites.
I have a room in my basement about 10x10 feet. I house my Zebras in home made cages that average 20x20x20 inches. (view cages) They have dividers between each, so I can take out the dividers and make the cages 20x20x40 or 60 or 80 long. I have 36 20x20x20 cages. I use wood nest boxes hanging on the outside of the cage, approximately 5x5x5 inches. (view nest box) I use full spectrum fluorescent lighting with a timer to give 12 to 16 hours of light a day.
If you are interested, here is a picture
A few years ago I discovered the exciting ostrich industry and decided
to join in and bought a 100 acre farm. Ostriches are the great new
agricultural animal, raised for meat and leather. I purchased three
trios (1 male, 2 hens) of breeder ostriches. I had chicks running
in their pens, growing very fast. Because of reasons beyond my control
I needed to sell the farm and move back to the city. Still being
interested in ostriches, I have put some information about them here for
you to read and pictures to see. To read and see more about ostriches,
If you have comments or questions, email me at email@example.com