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.

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

      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?

            • Anonymous

              04 Jan 2020 10:37  

              Had the quest bugged so that each time I reloaded the game, Peeper would pop up and follow me but if I went to a different area (Like going up stairs) he'd dissapear again. Took him to his father by reloading the game next to him but he wouldn' acknowledge Peeper's presence. So I struck Peeper, making him run away for a short amount of time, waited for him to come back to me, and spoke to Magicockerel again. Fixed the bug, could finish the quest.

              • Anonymous

                31 Dec 2019 18:04  

                the voidwoken chickens are not "summoning" or "spawning" new chickens. they are resurrecting each other and I can only assume they have the "morning person" talent....which is clever pun, seeing as they are male chickens i.e. roosters. if even 1 is still alive when it's turn comes, it will resurrect 1 and that one will then take its turn next and resurrect another and then that one gets its turn and will rez another...until they are all alive again the trick is to either kill them all at once with aoe or use CC to make any still living miss their turn. or because the chickens are ressurecting each other, if you can "remove" the corpses somehow, then the chickens will no longer be able to rez each other. I used teleport to teleport the corpses far away and the live ones stopped rezzing them

                • Anonymous

                  01 Dec 2019 20:10  

                  I was doing this quest and running past the hanging place (where you meet Maister Siva), there's the spirit of a hung Lizard Magister, Zusan, she reveals, that she was in love with Magister Borris and they were kinda responsible for the death of Bishop Alexandar, because of that (as a punishment) Borris was transferred for duty at Fort Joy. Strange, because during the court with Magister Atusa, Borris with pretty much alive Alexandar were both present there as well. And Alexandar couldn't be an undead at that time, his entourage in the small harbor later can cast healing spells on him, if you let them do so. I get, that they tried something like a sad story, or stuff, but clearly overlooked Alexandar's presence in Fort Joy.

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Aug 2019 23:37  

                    Oops. I just saw dead hens and a creepy chick turning into a monster. I felt bad about it, but for everyone's sake, including Peepers' I killed the poor chick. I REALLY wish Spirit Vision could just be a passive "always on" ability. I keep forgetting to activate it every 60 seconds as I'm adventuring.

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Jul 2019 21:51  

                      Just kill the damn thing or else you end up in the most pointlessly annoying & longest fight in the game, as each voidwoken chick can spawn another, I went from having 1 left to 15 & if you don't kill them all instantly, after a few turns have passed, it all starts again...infuriating

                      • Anonymous

                        21 Jul 2019 14:01  

                        Another bug: I actually got around to this quest early but didn't "pick up" Peeper following me until I was about ready to leave for the Nameless Isle. Second-to-last thing to do in the zone at all. For some reason, Peeper is here, Magicockerel is here, but Magicockerel is not recognising that Peeper is here. I managed to find a fix for this - use a teleporter pyramid. Set one down, teleport back to the ship, then to the Dunes, then back to the pyramid, and Magicockerel will realise his voidling son is sitting there.

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Jul 2019 00:12  

                          Hey just confirming that to get the chest and levelled gear you need to have Pet Pal and have actually spoken to the spirit of Big Marge, who will tell you to go see Peeper's dad. If you just go straight to see the papa rooster, you won't get the option to kill Peeper, it will just spawn a bunch of evil self-cloning hens (which, despite offering very little XP and no guaranteed loot, is a pretty funny fight).

                          • 16 Jun 2019 21:09  

                            Buggiest quest in the game. Somehow they figured out how to make Sir Lora at least teleport to your main character — but nearly one year post-release for the “Definitive Edition” and they still can’t get Peeper to work — at least stop him from going into basements... How hard can this fix be, honestly?

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Jun 2019 08:09  

                              "Return the surviving egg back to the hens" : X-Y coordinates, please? if anyone writes a guide, the one thing we absolutely require are coordinates to everything since this is the most useless, garbage mapping system in all the games.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Apr 2019 23:00  

                                WARNING!! If you do the Ritual to return to the Hall of Shadows or whatever. Peeper will be teleported with you, but stupidly he won't be teleported back. Leaving him totally deleted from the game and the quest unable to be finished. I'm pretty gutted because the reward for finishing is really good. The devs really released a buggy mess...

                                • Anonymous

                                  13 Apr 2019 00:15  

                                  Putting a big ice field around you when triggering the voidwoken chicks to spawn and come to you is hilarious. 10/10 flops

                                  • Anonymous

                                    04 Mar 2019 20:41  

                                    I had a totally different experience with Peeper. He followed me up to the family house where everyone perished and exploded. This caused my main character to become diseased (which I cured with the blessing spell) but my character has permanently lost the ability to use magic. No point in continuing without that ability. Bummer.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      22 Feb 2019 03:20  

                                      Easy fix for having peeper stuck in hall of echoes, simply make a save after exiting the hall of echoes and reload said save, he appears next to you afterwards.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        14 Feb 2019 22:41  

                                        Why can't there be a happy ending for poor Peeper? I would love to have him following me around as a pet till the end of the game :(

                                        • 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.

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