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 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

      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.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Oct 2017 05:43  

                          Have tried this twice, I dont get any option. Just talk to the Magicockerel the Peeper tranforms. No chest, No loot, just alot of dead chickens.

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Sep 2017 10:50  

                            If you choose to spare peeper, and then loot all the dead chickens, you can get multiple source orbs, if you kill peeper, you get the chest of loot + a single source orb off peeper's corpse

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Sep 2017 08:53  

                              My baby chicken is stuck in the tavern and refuses to follow me out. Even waypoint jumping doesn't help... guess it's just a bug?

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Sep 2017 17:46  

                                is there really no way to save little peeper? even when you choose not to kill him he turns int a voidcrawler :/

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Sep 2017 10:36  

                                  Spirit of Big Marge won't talk to me, tried saving and reloading game. Peeper also will not follow me. Anyone else having this issue?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Sep 2017 07:55  

                                    father is called magicockerel at x: 440 y: 306 closest teleport is probs driftwood fields, though paladin bridgehead is pretty close as well

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