Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For other uses, see Chicken.

Chickens are domesticated animals found throughout Skyrim.


They are most commonly found in villages or on farms, where they provide eggs and meat. There are consequences for killing a chicken—even though the bounty is as low as 45 Gold, the townsfolk will attempt to kill the violator if they get the chance. The chicken has an attack damage of two, making it the weakest creature in the game.



  • Most chickens in Skyrim appear to be of the Catalana breed.
  • After purchasing Honeyside in Riften, the Dragonborn can buy a garden upgrade which gives them two chickens. These two do not appear to lay any eggs, preferring instead to simply wander around outside. Killing them will not give any bounty, but Iona may attack on sight.
  • With Hearthfire installed, each new home constructed may have up to three chickens, which do lay eggs (chickens cost 25 Gold each). The purchase must be arranged by the estate's Steward and there must be an animal pen there.
  • If no other body is available, dead chickens may be brought back to life by hostile necromancers, Eola and Serana, if she is following the Dragonborn.
  • If three chickens are owned in Hearthfire, they will most likely die. The odds are that dragons, trolls, giants or bandits will kill them. The Dragonborn cannot buy more than three, making them quite worthless. The chickens respawn after 20 days of not entering the area.
  • Pushing a wooden cart over a chicken will kill it but this is not considered a crime. The Dragonborn is still able to loot the chicken later without accumulating a bounty.
  • If hit with howl of terror they will not flee, but the aura of the howl will outline their bodies.


This section contains bugs related to Chicken (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  360   A chicken may sometimes be killed with the spell Telekinesis without incurring a bounty.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Chickens may appear larger than their normal size but their stats stay the same.