Ernest the Chicken

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Ernest the Chicken is a quest available to all players. It was one of the first quests developed. Players must discover what has happened to the missing Ernest, who went into Draynor Manor to ask for directions and never returned.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Veronica is very worried. Her fiance[sic] went into the big spooky manor house to ask for directions. An hour later and he's still not out yet.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Pouletmorph-ism[edit | edit source]


Talk to Veronica standing just outside the courtyard of the Draynor Manor. She wants you to find her fiancé, Ernest, who had gone to the manor an hour ago for help and has not come back yet.

Enter the manor and climb up the staircase and then climb the ladder to the west of the stairs to reach the top floor. Talk to Professor Oddenstein, who will explain that Ernest was turned into a chicken, when he was helping on an experiment with his 'pouletmorph' machine. However, to change him back, the professor needs parts that were stolen and hidden by the poltergeists in the manor.

You need to help him find a pressure gauge, a rubber tube, and an oil can, in any order you wish.

Pressure Gauge[edit | edit source]

To get the pressure gauge, you will need some fish food and poison. The fish food is in a blue box, found on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US], in the room across the staircase to the south. To get the poison, you need to go to the small north-western room on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US].

Once you have obtained both items, use the poison with the fish food to create some poisoned fish food. Go outside the manor through the east door and look for the fountain on the south-west corner of the garden. Use the poisoned fish food with the fountain to kill the piranhas and search the fountain to get the gauge.

Rubber tube[edit | edit source]

From the fountain, head north and look for a compost heap. Search it with a spade to obtain a grimy key. Return to inside the manor and go to the room behind the staircase.

Unlock the door to the room and take the rubber tube. When you do so, a level 11 skeleton will attack you. You can choose to kill the skeleton or simply leave the room.

Doors[edit | edit source]

Pulling the candle sconce

Go to the western-most room on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US]. Search the candle sconce on the right to gain access to a secret room. Look for a ladder that leads downwards, and climb down into the basement. There will be doors and levers around you. Follow the steps given below to obtain the oil can.

  • It is not possible to use Telekinetic Grab to pick up the oil can.
  • Players can reset the puzzle by leaving the basement and going back, using the Home Teleport if necessary.

Cheatsheet[edit | edit source]

All levers start in the "down" position.

The oil can puzzle
  • Pull levers A and B up.
  • Enter door 1 to reach the north-east room and pull lever D up.
  • Enter doors 2 and 3 to reach the main room and pull levers A and B down.
  • Enter doors 3, 4, and 5 to reach the north-west room and pull levers E and F up.
  • Enter doors 6 and 7 to reach the north-east room and pull lever C up.
  • Enter doors 7 and 6 to reach the north-west room and pull lever E down.
  • Enter doors 6, 8, and 3 to reach the main room.
  • Enter door 9 and grab the oil can.

Climb back up the ladder to the bedroom, then pull the lever next to the empty bookcase to pass back through the wall.

Ernestly[edit | edit source]

Go all the way up to the top floor and talk to Professor Oddenstein. Give him the items and he will fix his machine, which will turn Ernest back into a human.

Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Ernest the Chicken is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 4 June 2013 (Update):
    • Players yet to complete Ernest the Chicken will find that he has been regrown to normal size.
  • update 21 January 2001 (Update):
    • Vampires, gremlins and... A chicken? Find the missing pieces of a strange machine to turn the chicken back in the newest quest, Ernest the Chicken!