Fix: Destiny Error Code Chicken

The Destiny Error Code Chicken occurs when you are having connectivity issues with the Destiny servers. This renders the game unplayable because you can’t really ignore this error and start playing again. You will have to fix this issue if you want to start playing again. There are a lot of reasons for Error Code Chicken to show up, we will try our best to narrow down this issue if it’s from the client side.

Solution 1: Keep Trying to Connect

Sometimes the servers are to blame, especially if they become too crowded, resulting in various weird error codes. Even Bungie has suggested to users that they should try reconnecting for a couple of minutes before trying to fix the error code in other ways.

Additionally, there are plenty of users who confirmed that being patient paid off and they were soon able to continue playing the game normally.

Solution 2: Completely Shut Down Your Console

Some users have successfully pointed out that the error code is sometimes caused by users shutting down the game without logging out first. Apparently, this can sometimes trigger the Chicken error code and fixing it requires that you completely shut down your console before you continue playing.

In order to avoid receiving this error in the future, make sure you log out from the Settings tab in the Character menu during the game. The error should be fixed in a couple of following updates but follow the instructions below to fix it for now:

  1. Press and hold the power button at the front of the Xbox console until it shuts down completely.
  2. Unplug the power brick from the back of the Xbox. Press and hold the power button on the Xbox several times to make sure there is no remaining power and this will actually clean the cache.

  1. Plug in the power brick and wait for the light located on the power brick to change its color from white to orange.
  2. Turn the Xbox back on as you would do normally and check to see if the Chicken error code still appears when you start Destiny or Destiny 2.

Alternative for Xbox One:

  1. Navigate to your Xbox One settings and click on Network >> Advanced Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Alternate Mac Address option and choose the Clear option which appears.

  1. You will be prompted with a choice to really do this as your console will be restarted. Respond affirmatively and your cache should now be cleared. Open Destiny or Destiny 2 after the console has restarted and check to see if the Chicken error code still appears.

If you are using a PlayStation 4 to play Destiny, make sure you follow the instructions below to hard reset your PlayStation 4 since PS4 does not possess an option to clear the cache:

  1. Completely turn off the PlayStation 4.
  2. Once the console is completely shut down, unplug the power cord from the back of the console.

  1. Let the console stay unplugged for at least a couple of minutes.
  2. Plug the power cord back into the PS4 and turn it on the way you normally do.

Solution 3: Restore Your Licenses (PlayStation 4 Only)

This option will successfully restore the licenses of all games, add-ons, and DLCs you have under the possession of your PSN account so make sure you try this solution as it’s quite simply and it has actually helped quite a few users deal with their Destiny error codes, especially error code Chicken.

  1. Turn on your PS4 and navigate to the Settings area.
  2. Click on PlayStation Network >> Account Management >> Restore License.

  1. Check to see if the error code Chicken still appears while you enjoy Destiny 2.

Solution 4: Reinstall the Game

Reinstalling the game usually fixes these types of issues even though the whole problem can sometimes be quite lengthy. Several users have suggested that uninstalling and reinstalling works so make sure you try it out as soon as possible.

Reinstalling the Game on PlayStation 4:

  1. Turn on the PlayStation 4 system and sign into your PSN profile.
  2. Press up on the D-pad and navigate to the Settings menu and click on the System Storage Management menu.

  1. Click on the Applications menu and press the Options button when Destiny is highlighted. Click on Delete >> Select All and press Delete to uninstall the game.
  2. Select OK to confirm deletion of the selected application and the game will be completely removed from the hard drive.

Clearing the console cache after uninstalling Destiny helps ensure that there are no temporary files stored in the consoles cache that could impact the new installation of Destiny. Here are the recommended steps on clearing the console cache:

  1. Completely turn off the PlayStation 4.
  2. Once the console is completely shut down, unplug the power cord from the back of the console.

  1. Let the console stay unplugged for at least a couple of minutes.
  2. Plug the power cord back into the PS4 and turn it on the way you normally do.

Reinstalling the game on PS4 can be done using the physical game disc:

  1. Turn on the PlayStation 4 system and sign into your PSN profile.
  2. Insert the original game disc you used to install the game in the first place and the installation should begin automatically. You can follow the progress on the progress bar.

You can also install the game by downloading it using your PlayStation and your Internet connection. It’s recommended to use a wired connection while downloading a game this way.

  1. Turn on the PlayStation 4 system and sign into your PSN profile.
  2. Open Library item from the home screen, locate Destiny from the list and select the Download button.
  3. A progress bar will appear while the game is being installed on the console hard drive

Reinstalling the Game on Xbox One:

  1. Turn on the Xbox One console and sign into the desired Xbox One profile.
  2. On the Xbox Home menu window, select My Games and Apps, press games and highlight Destiny.

  1. Tap the Menu button and choose the Manage Game option >> Uninstall All. Click on Uninstall again to confirm your choice on the next screen.
  2. After a moment, the game will be removed from the hard drive.

Clearing the console cache after deleting Destiny helps ensure that there are no temporary files stored in the cache that could affect the new installation of Destiny. Here are the recommended steps on clearing the console cache:

  1. Press and hold the power button at the front of the Xbox console until it shuts down completely.

  1. Unplug the power brick from the back of the Xbox. Press and hold the power button on the Xbox several times to make sure there is no remaining power and this will actually clean the cache.

Reinstalling the game on Xbox One can be done using the physical game disc:

  1. Turn on the Xbox One console and sign into the desired Xbox One profile.
  2. Insert the game disc into the disc drive and the installation process should begin automatically. You will be able to follow the progress until the game is installed.

You can also install the game by downloading it using your PlayStation and your Internet connection. It’s recommended to use a wired connection while downloading a game this way.

  1. Turn on the Xbox One console and sign into the desired Xbox One profile.
  2. Navigate to the Ready to Install section of the menu, locate Destiny and select the Install option.

  1. Download and install progress can be viewed in the Queue section of the menu
  2. A progress bar will appear while the game is being installed on the console hard drive

 Solution 5: Connect to a Hotspot Created by Your PC

If you are not using your home network to play Destiny or Destiny 2, it’s quite possible that the administrator of the network you are connecting to has blocked several ports used by Destiny to connect to its servers. If that is the case, you can avoid this issue by generating a hotspot on your computer in order to connect to it and avoid the restrictions.

Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Mini Port Adapter is a feature added into Windows 7 and onwards. Using this feature, you can turn the physical network adapter that a computer has into two virtual network adapters. One will connect you to the internet, and the other will turn into a Wireless Access Point (Wi-Fi hotspot) for other Wi-Fi devices to connect with.

  1. Click the Start button and type Network and Sharing Center in the search box. Click on it to open it.

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  1. Now click on the Change adapter settings option in the left pane.

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  1. Right click on the adapter you are using to connect with the internet and click on Properties. In case you use Wi-Fi it will be similar to Wireless Network Connection and in case of wired internet access it will be similar to Local Area Connection.

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  1. Go to the Sharing tab in the properties window, and check the box beside Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection. If there is an option to select an adapter next to Home networking connection, select the adapter name for the Microsoft Virtual Wifi Mini port.
  2. Click on Settings. Check all the listed options and press OK for each to confirm. Press OK >> OK. If there is no such option, simply click OK to apply changes.2015-12-22_161920
  1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator and copy the following code into its window. Make sure you click Enter afterwards to enable Wi-Fi hosting:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=VirtualNetworkName key=Password

  1. Replace VirtualNetworkName with the name you want for your Wi-Fi hotspot, and Password is its password.
  2. Now type the following to start broadcasting your new Wi-Fi Hotspot:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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  1. You will get a message that the network started. To stop broadcasting your Wi-Fi hotspot, type:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Now you can connect your console to this hotspot and check to see if the error code Chicken still appears.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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