Counting your Chickens

Big Marge
Big Marge
Location Reaper's Coast
Suggested Level 10+

Counting your Chickens is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II.



Important NPCs

  • Big Marge
  • Peeper
  • Magicockerel 
    • Location x:438 y:307




Counting your Chickens Objectives

  1. Encounter a brood of hens who have lost their eggs.
  2. Find the chicken eggs.
  3. Return the surviving egg back to the hens.
  4. Check back later on the surviving egg's condition.
  5. Find and speak to it's father.



Counting your Chickens Walkthrough

At the beginning of Reaper's Coast, just before you enter Driftwood, you will find some chickens on a ranch. If you have the Pet Pal talent, you will learn that their eggs have been stolen. Big Marge, the leader of these chickens, will task you with finding these stolen eggs.

Travel to the place marked on your map north of the hens, and defeat the Voidwoken there. Unfortunately, you will discover that all the eggs have been tainted and there is only one surviving egg left. Pick it up and take it back to Big Marge.

Secret: If you eat the egg now and report back to Big Marge, the quest will close with the same experience reward and some funny dialogue. You will not get the loot though.

After reporting back to Big Marge with the egg, she will reward you with the location of a treasure hidden behind the hens' coop. Dig it up and continue on your travels.

Before you revisit the chickens, later on, progress with the Powerful Awakening quest first in order to acquire the Spirit Vision skill, which is required to progress with this quest.

Revisit the chickens sometime later on and you will find that a Voidling chick named Peeper has hatched from the egg and killed all of the chickens. If you talk to it, it will follows you around thinking you're its mother.

Serious Bug: There have been many reports that once Peeper is following you, it may get permanently stuck in some locations (e.g. Hall of Echoes, underground areas, certain buildings, etc.). It is recommended to quickly finish off this quest here and now to avoid this issue.

While you're here, use Spirit Vision to find the Spirit of Big Marge, who will tell you to bring Peeper to its father. Travel to the location now marked on your map (directly north of where you are, named "Magic Rooster") to find Peeper's father, Magicockerel.

Warning: If Peeper dies at any given time before you reach Magicockerel (e.g. in battle), the quest will close and you will lose your quest reward.

After you reach him, have a character with the Pet Pal talent speak with Magicockerel, and he will tell you to kill Peeper because he sees Void-tainted eyes. You can choose to kill him or to let him live. Note: If you do not use Pet Pal to speak to him, the quest will default to Option 2.

  1. If you choose to kill Peeper, you will be rewarded with a choice of low-end loot as well as a chest that will spawn, containing a legendary and an epic item that's scaled to your level. Peeper's corpse will also carry one Source Orb.
  2. If you choose not to kill Peeper, he will transform into a Voidwoken Hatchling and summon dozens of other chicks to fight you. You will not get the quest reward and the chest will not spawn, but you can loot the dead bodies for more than one Source Orb.

Choosing either option will close the quest, and you will receive experience regardless of how the quest closes. From what it seems, killing Peeper yields more of a reward than letting him live.

    • Anonymous

      19 Oct 2018 21:15  

      i have problem that get no option to turn in pepper to the papa. then i tried something, and it worked: - drop a teleporter pyramid near the papa - travel back to mama, talk to her, picked all chat options - teleport back to papa, now i can turn pepper in

      • Anonymous

        03 Oct 2018 20:22  

        Talked to the spirit of big marge before having peeper imprint on me on definitive edition, and the quest progressed normally (told to go find the father).

        • Anonymous

          25 Sep 2018 13:39  

          Unfortunately I have the same bug where the quest cannot advance, idk what causes it/no workaround but I do remember completing this quest in standard, so this is a new problem just for definitive edition

          • Anonymous

            12 Sep 2018 03:15  

            Attacking and not killing Peeper will fix the bug people have been encountering with this quest. At least it did for me.

            • Anonymous

              11 Sep 2018 17:17  

              walking into the witchs celler bugs peeper out and he gets stuck down there you can get him out with messing around with different party members going in and out of the celler

              • Anonymous

                07 Sep 2018 04:12  

                This quest is bugged for me. Big Marge only says "Peeper! Peeper! Where are you, Peeper!" like someone else here already mentioned. If anyone has a fix, please share. :)

                • Anonymous

                  03 Sep 2018 23:50  

                  For those of you having trouble with the quest, here's what I did. I went to the coordinates on the map and found the Magicockerel. I was not given an option of either killing or sparing Peeper, so the game chose 'sparing' him for me. Don't know if that was my fault or not since I had PetPal on but whatever. The quest is completable this way until they patch it.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Sep 2018 22:37  

                    I cannot find the treasure that bury behind the hen’s coop even though Big Marge told me the location herself. I guess it is a bug.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Sep 2018 16:31  

                      Experiencing same bug as descirbed in previous comment: can't interact with Big Marge as meant to (and because of that unable to finish the quest the way I want to: there are no option just to kill him, only to spare)

                      • Anonymous

                        01 Sep 2018 02:41  

                        For some reason when I talk to Big Marge after getting peeper, she just says "Peeper! Peeper! Where are you, Peeper!" Even though he's right in front of her... Please send help I have all I can think of. Feel free to send a message to me on psn: DexDonuts

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jul 2018 18:24  

                          Pretty sure those voidwoken chickens are hacking. Either they summon more or raise their dead, and either way it says they ae teleporting them >.>

                          • Anonymous

                            14 Mar 2018 10:53  

                            You can return the egg for 5K XP, steal the egg back, eat the egg, talk to her twice, get another 5K xp. Get more for doing the whole thing with taking Peeper and what not but this is fast and hassle free.

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Jan 2018 14:54  

                              Tell you will kill Peeper 10k xp + common item; tell you won't kill 5k xp + muddy malachite from some void chicken. Only one source orb from Peeper

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jan 2018 17:57  

                                After you get Peeper's egg make sure to speak to Big Marge with a char that has Pet Pal. If you use a non-animal-speaking char she will just take the egg from you and the quest will be stuck.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Jan 2018 13:33  

                                  Workaround if Peeper gets stuck underground
                                  It seems that you only need to separate the person who peeper is following and just use him to get out and Peeper will follow.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Dec 2017 16:29  

                                    Holy peppers. There's either a bug with voidwoken chickens cloning, or it's intentional. After refusing to kill peeper, he transformed, but every turn each pepper teleported a brand new peeper in. Before long they were spreading in every direction on my map and I had a real pain in the ass time catching up with them all to murder them.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      30 Oct 2017 06:59  

                                      Guide makes no mention of Peeper dropping a Source Orb itself when you kill it. So you get quest rewards, a source orb, and a chest with nice goodies.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        18 Oct 2017 18:25  

                                        I ate the egg and told big marge for 5000xp. Delicous experience and the character eating it coments on the taste.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          15 Oct 2017 07:50  

                                          BIG tip, complete this quest as soon as possible. Otherwise pepper will be a BIG nuisances. At the beginning he does well avoiding fights, but as the game progresses with more mobs and more AoEs he dies very easily and makes you reload if you care about this quest's reward.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            08 Oct 2017 08:37  

                                            You can return the egg with a character who doesn't have the Pet Pal talent. However, then Big Marge can't tell you about the buried treasure. No matter, you can still find and dig up the treasure behind one of the little chicken coops.

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