The Destiny 2 error code Chicken is a lesser-known error code; however, since December last year and more recently after the launch of Season of Arrivals, the appearance of this error has been more widespread. The good news is that this is an old error and hence, there are several proven fixes for the problem.
Bungie reports the Chicken error code to be a connection lapse between your home network and the Destiny 2 server. That being said, this is the general description you get from Bungie for almost all error codes and that’s not helping. So, we have compiled a list of fixes that have worked for users as reported by them across the Destiny 2 community forums on Bungie and Reddit.
For a lot of users, this error appeared when the servers were down for maintenance. However, if you are still facing the error when the servers are live again, the problem could be elsewhere.
Our Take on Destiny 2 Chicken Error
When a user encounters the Destiny 2 Chicken error, they lose connection with their character server and as the game is wrapped around your character, being unable to access your character’s data means the game is inaccessible for you. Fixing the Chicken error is the only way to start playing the game again.
How to Fix Destiny 2 Chicken Error?
There is no one sure-shot way of fixing the problem, but Bungie has suggested some measures you can take to enhance the possibility of solving the problem. We have also listed some fixes which worked for other users but were not included in Bungie’s recommendation, so try them all until the error gets resolved.
Fix 1: Switch to a Wired Connection and Cease Bandwidth Intensive Tasks
Wi-Fi or the mobile hotspot connection is the culprit of most errors that occur in Destiny 2. As this is an online game, it’s essential that you remain connected to the internet and the Bungie server at all times, but the Wi-Fi and hotspot network can have weak signals or other problems that can hinder the connection and cause packet loss. It is recommended that you switch to a wired connection to avoid errors with the game.
While playing the game, you should terminate all bandwidth-intensive tasks that can limit the bandwidth and internet speed for the game such as downloads, file sharing, and video streaming. Console users should also stop applications that run in the background. After doing this, check if the Destiny 2 error code Chicken is resolved.
Fix 2: Try Reconnecting to the Server
Destiny 2 is one of the most played online games and this can put a strain on the server, which can cause it to collapse. If a large number of users log from one location at a time it can give birth to a variety of errors in Destiny 2 including the error code Chicken. Trying to reconnect to the server usually fixes the problem if the cause of the error is due to an overburdened server.
You can also try an alternative way to solve the problem. If you use a VPN, try connecting to the game from a different server location. Several users report not encountering the game over a VPN connection. If you do not have a VPN, you can download any of the free VPNs available in the market. Check out this list of free VPNs for help.
Also, check for updates on the server in the Bungie Twitter Help.
Fix 3: Power Cycling the Modem or Router
This fix is recommended by Bungie, so it’s a must that you try this to resolve the Destiny 2 error code Chicken. Remove or power down all computer connection to the router or modem. Power down the router and remove all the power cords. Let the device rest for 2 minutes and connect all the power supply and power on the router or modem. Let the modem or router start completely until the light becomes consistent. Connect the computer and sync with the network. Open Destiny 2 and check if the Chicken error code Destiny 2 has disappeared.
Fix 4: Clearing Cache in Console
Just like your internet browser, the console also stores cache which includes game files and temporary data that helps the game run faster and more efficiently as you do not have to download the game file every instance. Every once in a while, the temporary files of the game can become corrupted, overwritten, or some other code malfunction can occur which can prevent the game from establishing a connection with the server, maintain connectivity, load the game, or create other issues. Deleting the cache files allows you to remove the defective game codes stored in the console and allows the console to download fresh game files and store them. Here are the steps to delete the cache from your console.
- Shut down the console.
- Unplug the power cord from the console once it has completely shut down.
- Let the console sit idle for 5 minutes for all operations to end and the console powers down completely.
- Put the power cords back and restart the console normally.
- Open the game and check if Destiny 2 error code Chicken still appears.
Some users have reported the Chicken error arises when the user shuts down the game without logging out. It turns out that completely turning off the game fixes this issue. As the above step also turns the console completely off, it can also fix the Destiny 2 Chicken error if it’s caused due to shutting down the console without logging out of the game.
Fix 6: Clearing Steam Download Cache
For Steam users, removing the old download cache works the same way as removing the cache in the console, so naturally, users who do not play the game on Steam can skip this step. Here is how you can delete the download cache files in Steam.
- From the Steam client, click on Steam > Settings > Downloads
- Click CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE
- Click OK to confirm.
Once done, restart the game normally and check if the Bungie Chicken error code still appears.
Fix 6: Restore the Licenses for PS4 Users
- Go to the Setting of your PS4.
- Click PlayStation Network > Account Management > Restore License.
- Restart the PS4 and check if the error code still appears.
Fix 7: Reinstall Destiny 2
Regardless of the problem, reinstalling the game fixes most issues with the game including the Chicken error code. So, uninstall the game and reinstall it again like you did the first time when you started playing the game and check if the Destiny 2 error code Chicken still appears.
Fix 8: Contact ISP
If the problem is still occurring even after trying the above steps, the possible cause can be a service interruption and you should contact the ISP to resolve the internet service issue.