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 its 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. Simply quicksaving and then immediately reloading will make Peeper appear besides you.

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.
But killing him and the surrounding voind-tainted chicken he summons when he transforms gives you around 5-5 Source Orbs at least.

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    • Anonymous

      21 May 2021 16:34  

      The Chickens, after totaling 10 (I think but there might have been 1-2 more) not including Peeper, will not spawn any more chickens even though they have the ability up. I nuked all 9 and left 1 alive to possibly farm more corpses, but that one chicken spawned another chicken and removed one of the existing corpses. Recursive Chicken Recycling. The game will only allow them to spawn more until it reaches cap.

      • Anonymous

        07 May 2021 13:50  

        If you bring Peeper to his father without interacting with Marge's spirit, the magicockerel will simply say "well, you brought him to me, it's not my problem, you deal with it!" as if he don't recognize him as his son.

        • Anonymous

          18 Apr 2021 01:29  

          this quest seems bugged for me, i brought peeper to his father but everytime italk to the father he says i shall bring his child, the child is right next to me, wtf =D

          • Anonymous

            09 Mar 2021 21:29  

            Easy way not to aggro Daeyena when doing this quest:
            -Learn the Nether Swap skill (Aerothurge 2)
            -Place your party member/object as far as possible and swap them with Daeyena and Tyrell (only Teleport cause damage/trigger battle)
            -They will not move back to their original position and you can clear out the chickens easily

            • Anonymous

              26 Feb 2021 04:52  

              Just a forewarning -- I had not spoke with Daeyena for the Seed of Power quest who is nearby before allowing Peeper to turn into a void chicken in this quest and, perhaps because of the additional void chicken spawns, Daeyena aggros into the fight along with some level 15 Hungry Flowers.

              I was level 12 at the time and while the fight with the void chickens/Peeper would have been completely manageable, even with the addition of Daeyena -- the level 15 Hungry Flowers and their acid spore attacks completely wrecked me.

              So be sure to finish the nearby Daeyena stuff before speaking with the Magicockeral with Peeper in tow, otherwise you may be in for more than you bargained for. Or at least be sure to save before it (unless you're on Honour Mode because the game will autosave as soon as the fight begins).

              • Anonymous

                20 Dec 2020 13:46  

                Peeper would not follow me out of the hatch in Mordus' house so I spoke to him with my pet pal character, switched to another character and then teleported to a waypoint with another character.
                Peeper is still down the hatch with the character he is speaking to but if you end the conversation and then use the hatch all characters AND Peeper are together out of the hatch.
                I hope this helps someone! :)

                • Anonymous

                  27 Nov 2020 15:10  

                  Peeper got stuck in the arena under the tavern. won't follow me using the stairs out of the area or teleport out of there. I spoke to Peeper and while speaking i teleported the whole group to another place. This way Peeper followed the teleport. Maybe this workaround for the bug.

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Jul 2020 20:02  

                    Accidentally set off Daeyna and all them at level 11 And I'm trying to avoid a wipe while the baby void chicks infinitely spawn in
                    this is that wild DOS action Ive been waiting for

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Jun 2020 04:39  

                      with the relics of rivellon update, if you didn’t kill Daeyena on fort joy, she will be near papa with Tyrille and attack you with her minions if you get into a fight with Peeper. So much for doing the quest early lol. I can’t confirm if they will be there if you killed her in fort joy.

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Jun 2020 05:46  

                        For killing peeper at lvl 16 I got quest items choice of potions or a Skillbook and a chest containing divine gloves and a power frame. Source orb on peepers corpse.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Jun 2020 22:39  

                          If peeper gets stuck and isnt following you anymore, just quicksave and quickload, and he will reappear next to you after loading is complete

                          • Anonymous

                            16 May 2020 05:40  

                            Magicockerel does not give me the option of killing Peeper, I am forced to fight the Voidwoken ... Can anyone help me? ; -;

                            • Anonymous

                              05 Mar 2020 23:29  

                              I think I found a workaround for Peeper getting stuck in locations. What I did whenever he failed to make a transition to another area, was to send everyone _except_ the character he's following, backtracking to the previous area. He would be missing from the area as my party entered, but when I went back up, he would be standing next to his "leader" again.

                              • Anonymous

                                10 Feb 2020 12:28  

                                Killing Peeper via dialog yield's more exp. 7k Instead of 5k, BUT sparing Peeper and then killing him gives more source orbs, but less loot otherwise.

                                • Anonymous

                                  23 Jan 2020 02:44  

                                  This quest bugged for me. When I use spirit vision to speak with Big Marge she doesn't give me a quest or anything. And when I went to speak with Magicockerel anyway, the game automatically went for the second option, doesn't let me choose and turns everyone to voidwoken.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Jan 2020 02:04  

                                    When I chose to let him live, he turned ALL the chickens to voidwoken and he turned into a voidwoken DRILLWORM!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      05 Jan 2020 11:12  

                                      I have encountered with my wife different issue with this quest. After returning the egg, Marge is telling us about hidden treasure and the chest appears on the map. We try to dig it out but nothing is found and after few minutes the chest disappears from the map. Has anyone got something like that? We even didn't get to all the happy buggs described with the second part of the quest yet, but I haven't found any post mentioning issues with digging. We play on PS4. Any ideas?

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