A work in progress. I'll add pictures and info as I go. We're planning to buy 6 girls in January from Myer's hatchery and I think I can finish in time for Spring when they're ready to move in. We're located in Huntsville, Alabama. My wife is German, hence the name. Starting out with a 16'x8' pad to hold a 5'x5' shed, 4'x5' coop, and a 5'x6' run (plus under the coop.) I bought plans off of ebay, but I will mix some of those ideas with some I found here. I particularly like the Wichita coop, so it will be similar, but with a shed and a gable roof.. Started with a form and dug out an inch or two below the 2x6 boards: Added two tons of crushed limestone, tamped and added wire mesh: Rented a concrete buggy to transfer the concrete from the street to the backyard. Took about 5-6 trips to move around 2.5 yards. I poured it 5" deep. Some would say a little overkill, but hey, what if we get some Jerseys! Kids were testing the strength the morning after we poured. Here's a shot back towards the house and pool. Note the J-bolts that were placed in right after we poured the concrete. View from the main part of our backyard. We have three dogs and we're not sure how they will mix with the chickens so we put up the black fence in the foreground as a layer of our three tiered defense for the chickens.