Homebrew Husband and I try to make sensible economic decisions regarding the garden and the investment we make in it. We have a pretty good idea what our inputs and outputs are, and most years we take out more from the garden, financially speaking, than we put in.
That said, sometimes we get carried away. Sometimes the garden becomes more indulged-hobby and less nega-buck generator. To borrow from the corporate types, sometimes the garden is a cost-center.
But visions of omelette self-sufficiency danced in our heads and spring-project-mania clouded our vision, and Nick and I decided that Coop 2.0 wouldn’t be too much trouble and adopted those half-dozen chicks.
Yes, we over-think these things.
Additional information rarely hurts, so we asked a friend of mine, a professional homebuilder who’s been side-lined by the down-turn in the economy, to bid the job. As soon as he started talking about how he’d build the coop we knew we were way out-classed. Professionals do have the advantage of knowing what the hell they are doing.
He offered to build the coop for $2000. That’s an unspeakable number of eggs. It was $1000 difference over our estimated materials cost. We did the math (told you we over-think these things): it would be $125 per person, per weekend we wouldn’t be working on this project…all told a cost of maybe $15 an hour to not build the coop. A well-timed tax rebate made the deal easier to swallow. We shook hands and turned the project over to a pro.
That’s why garden structures are called follies, I suppose.