I have never had so much fun totally ignoring my children. Yes I sent them out on their bikes or let them run amok for hours while I hunkered down in the garage to turn this:
I got to use circular, jig, table and miter saws, electric drill, screwdriver and sander, power stapler, clamps, levels, squares, saw horses, wrenches, hammers, not to mention all sorts of timber and hardware. I was like a kid in a candy store. In fact, it was so fun I spent most of my kid-free time working on the coop.
It was a lot more complicated than I initially though (isn’t that always the case?) but I like the design. I downloaded it for $20 from The Garden Coop. (No, I am not one of those people who can throw together a structure using intuition and scrap material) Then I spent about $270 on supplies and fancy-schmancy non-toxic paint. A little pricey? But consider that a pre-fab coop of this size runs a couple thousand dollars at least.
So, let’s say I save $10 a month on organic free-range eggs. That means the chickens will pay for themselves in about two and a half years…
oh wait… I forgot I have to feed them… damn.