Our Next Secret Project…Once Through A Garden Gate

Once Through A Garden Gate is a book series that chronicles the adventures of a small flock of backyard chickens whose mysterious lives are filled with secrets, promises, and surprises.

Life often sends the gifts we most need through friendships.

Whether they are triumphing in The Worm Olympics Game or convincing all of the others that chickens can do more than chickens have ever done before, Gracie and Bessie are inseparable.

But when the other chickens begin to move away to new homes, Gracie and Bessie are left with only each other. Who will be next? What if they are separated? Will they ever find new friends?

November 2021


Sometimes you must simply dance and take a leap of faith.

The Sewer Rat had been tormenting the chickens for days and days. he had become The Biggest Scary Thing for Gracie. Even though she has faced The Big Scary Thing and the Bigger Scary Thing, she is not sure what to do about The Biggest Scary Thing.

But Gracie is the new leader of her flock, and she has to do something. She devises The Best Plan Ever that includes an ingenious invention called The Sewer Rat Eradicator. It will prove that chickens are brave, and it will get rid of the Sewer Rat once and for all.

December 2021


As long as you are loved,
there is no place where love cannot find you.

When two orphaned chickens, Amelia and Emily, join the little flock, they add even more surprises and a few special gifts as well.

With Lefty’s advice, they seem to have finally settled into their new home, but when Amelia decides that she must find out if she can “be lost and not afraid,” life in the backyard garden changes dramatically.

Spring 2022

About The Author

John Spiers is a writer, artist, and guardian to a small flock of chickens who live in the center of his backyard garden. They frequently entertain songbirds who visit their home in the coastal Virginia region.

While he often produced small writing and drawing projects over the years, he never found his creative purpose until he decided to raise some baby chicks. They became the characters in his stories and the subjects of his drawings.

His work seeks to share the same joy he feels when spending time with his chickens along with bits of “chicken wisdom” about life which he has learned from them and their most extraordinary lives.

About The Chickens

About The Other Characters

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Once Through A Garden Gate

Life often sends the gifts we most need through friendships.

Whether they are triumphing in The Worm Olympics Game or convincing all of the others that chickens can do more than chickens have ever done before, Gracie and Bessie are inseparable.

But when the other chickens begin to move away to new homes, Gracie and Bessie are left with only each other. Who will be next? What if they are separated? Will they ever find new friends?

November 2021

Sometimes you must simply dance and take a leap of faith.

The Sewer Rat had been tormenting the chickens for days and days. he had become The Biggest Scary Thing for Gracie. Even though she has faced The Big Scary Thing and the Bigger Scary Thing, she is not sure what to do about The Biggest Scary Thing.

But Gracie is the new leader of her flock, and she has to do something. She devises The Best Plan Ever that includes an ingenious invention called The Sewer Rat Eradicator. It will prove that chickens are brave, and it will get rid of the Sewer Rat once and for all.

December 2021

As long as you are loved,
there is no place where love cannot find you.

When two orphaned chickens, Amelia and Emily, join our little flock and add even more surprises and a few special gifts as well. With Lefty’s advice, they seem to have finally settled into their new home.But when Amelia decides that she must find out if she can “be lost and not afraid,” life in our backyard garden changes dramatically.

Spring 2022