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  • Guide: Mechanical Chicken Farming - 16,000g+ For 2 Hours of Work



    I'm not one to farm very often. Shuffling, flipping and professions generally yield better GPH. Once in a while, high-yield farming is discovered and I may try it out until the well runs dry. Did you know it was once possible to solo farm AQ20 for Scarabs and Idols? This would yield 500GPH in Vanilla WoW. BWL was also a prime spot for any skilled trio interested in making gold (Elementium Ingots). This too, was a high GPH exercise. I consider such farming spots worthwhile and surely most goblins would agree.

    I'd like to share another high GPH farming alternative. It is by no means a breakthrough discovery. What makes this profitable is the efficient method that I'm going to describe.

    We're going to farm Mechanical Chicken. This pet is obtained after completing a series of quests, and thus cannot be farmed conventionally. Logistically, the quests are a nightmare that could take you up to 2 hours to complete. The pet is quite rare (I've flipped a couple myself) and may be more valuable than you think. TUJ has the pet's mean at 5000g, add another 1000-2000g for patient and smart sellers. This guide covers non-conventional "farming" that involves carrying other players through the prerequisite quests, and buying the Mechical Chicken off them at a discounted price.

    Here's the plan;
    • Find four level 50+ players whom have yet to complete the final quest.
    • Drag them through a series of quests.
    • Collect valuable reward in exchange for handsome pay.


    Step 1 - Forming the Party

    Copy the following message onto your clipboard:

    "Sorry to bother you, good sir. Would you be interested in making a quick 1000g? It should take about 45 minutes. If not, thanks anyway "

    Run a /who 60-69 and message players until you've found four willing to come along for the ride. Only grab lowbies as a last resort - they generally don't have flying mounts. Also keep in mind that 50 is the minimum level required. Ask them if they've completed the mechanical chicken quest. If they don't know, they need to make the following macro (refer them to this WoWhead page);

    /run local function f() t={};GetQuestsCompleted(t); l={485,836,351,648,2766,2767,3721};for i=1,7 do if not t[l[i]]
    then print(l[i]) end end end;x=CreateFrame("FRAME");x:RegisterEvent("QUEST_QUERY_COMPLETE");
    x:SetScript("OnEvent",f);QueryQuestsCompleted()
    If you're having trouble with the macro, try copy-pasting it from the WoWhead comments here.

    Pasting this into chat will spit out some numbers (quest IDs, more specifically). If nothing happens, the player has already completed the Mechanical Chicken quests. Boot him immediately and never speak to him again. I yanked that macro from WoWhead comments, credits to Snore.

    The quest IDs represent;

    485 = [quest]Find OOX-09/HL![/quest]
    836 = [quest]Rescue OOX-09/HL![/quest]
    351 = [quest]Find OOX-17/TN![/quest]
    648 = [quest]Rescue OOX-17/TN![/quest]
    2766 = [quest]Find OOX-22/FE![/quest]
    2767 = [quest]Rescue OOX-22/FE![/quest]
    3721 = [quest]An OOX of Your Own[/quest]

    The only quest you're concerned about, really, is the last one. If the macro's output is 3721, you're good to go. Trade chat isn't bad for recruiting either, but most lowbies are out leveling. The great thing about trade is that you can start low, and gradually increase your payout if you have no takers.

    Be very clear with your "clients" about your intentions. Set the terms right off the bat, and if you have any doubts about a player, just replace him/her.

    Step 2 - Blast Through Quests

    The next step is to carry everyone through the quests. I wholeheartedly recommend doing this with a mage, if possible. Porting around just makes this so much easier. You can also recruit a mage into your group - toss him/her an extra 100g for the taxi service. It's important to do each quest systematically, and to make SURE that every player picks up the quest item when it drops.

    Each quest starts from a randomly dropped beacon. You'll need to head to three different zones, kill mobs until the beacon drops, and complete the quest started from said beacon. Make sure to tell the party NOT to start the quest until everyone is ready.

    The beacons drop in isolated zones;
    OOX-09/HL - The Hinterlands
    OOX-17/TN - Tanaris/Zul'Farrak
    OOX-22/FE - Feralas

    Notice the acronym matches the zone where the beacon drops?

    The procedure for each quest is straightforward. Head to one of the zones listed above, and start killing mobs. Eventually, a beacon will drop that everyone can pick up. It will start the quests Find OOX-09/17/22, asking you to locate a lost robot chicken. Once you find the chicken in question, each members should turn in the quest. Then, an escort quest is started and group members should be prompted to start it. Do NOT pick off stray mobs - the chicken will run toward them and slow quest progress. The quests are not sequential - you may start in whichever zone you desire. Hinterlands -> Tanaris -> Feralas seems like a logical choice. Here's what I recommend doing (Alliance);
    1. Start from Ironforge. Fly to Hinterlands and complete OOX-09/HL (don't head to Booty Bay until all quests are complete).
    2. Make a portal to Dalaran, and jump into the portal to Caverns of Time. Complete OOX-17/TN. Zul'Farrak is a good spot to farm the beacon.
    3. Fly to Feralas, complete OOX-22/FE. There is a cave mid-map and according to WoWhead the Yetis there have a high chance to drop the beacon. In fact, I obtained a beacon on my very first kill here:


    4. Make a portal to Theramore, fly north to Ratchet. Take the boat to Booty Bay.
    5. Complete An OOX of Your Own and collect your s.

    The full circuit could take up to 2 hours. Of course, you can't do this all day long without hurting your GPH. Only 1-2 Chickens can be moved weekly, and you'll have to drop your price if you want a higher sales volume.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Guide: Mechanical Chicken Farming - 16,000g+ For 2 Hours of Work started by Sterling View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. mentally vexed's Avatar
      mentally vexed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Belzebutinov View Post
      I can't seem to get the macro to work. This one, however, did the trick for me:



      Great idea!
      this is BEAUTIFUL
    1. shayen7's Avatar
      shayen7 -
      I did this with my wife and I, I got my chicken and paid her 1k for hers, and sold one on horde for 5k and one on alliance for 5k, they both sold the next day.

      So I'm trying it now with a group of 5 now and it's not going incredibly smoothly. wow players are very suspicious, it took a lot of talking to convince them it wasn't a scam or a trick. They aren't going to blindly follow you around for 1k they're going to ask you "why would you want 4 chickens?" "are you going to sell them?" "how much are they worth?" They're also very independent. I got the group together, explained what I wanted and group summoned them all to the hinterlands and they run off in all directions killing turtles, by the time one drops they're so spread out only half can pick it up. Oh and I couldn't get any of them to make the macro, so it's hard to know if you're wasting your time or not they all assured me they have never done it before and didn't need to type a macro.

      I think this has great possibility, but takes too long to hold their hands and do it in a group plus they'd rather do it on their own. I think I'll do something like "Pst to find out how to make 1k in 1-2 hours" and make a macro explaining the quests and telling them to COD me the mechanical chicken when they're done. I got much more people whispering me interested in 1k for an hours work than I could hold in a group, but a few left as they got suspicious and thought it was a scam or trick(it's a very unusual Idea so it's understandable they're suspicious).

      I think it will work a lot better telling them how to do it, and giving them the money after they have the chicken. Much better GPH and no risk of people keeping the chicken because you wasted neither time nor money if they do. That's what I ended up doing with my group they just went and finished the quests and let me know when they were done and asked me in party chat when they weren't sure what to do. Also maybe even better profit in 4.2 with the new acheivements.
    1. dimitric's Avatar
      dimitric -
      Question... a while back, I got the quest item in Feralas. I think I tossed it. Now I'm trying to get it again and I've been through hundreds of yetis, and still no quest item. Should I talk to a GM? or just keep trying?
    1. Sterling's Avatar
      Sterling -
      Quote Originally Posted by shayen7 View Post
      So I'm trying it now with a group of 5 now and it's not going incredibly smoothly. wow players are very suspicious, it took a lot of talking to convince them it wasn't a scam or a trick. They aren't going to blindly follow you around for 1k they're going to ask you "why would you want 4 chickens?" "are you going to sell them?" "how much are they worth?" They're also very independent. I got the group together, explained what I wanted and group summoned them all to the hinterlands and they run off in all directions killing turtles, by the time one drops they're so spread out only half can pick it up. Oh and I couldn't get any of them to make the macro, so it's hard to know if you're wasting your time or not they all assured me they have never done it before and didn't need to type a macro.

      I think this has great possibility, but takes too long to hold their hands and do it in a group plus they'd rather do it on their own. I think I'll do something like "Pst to find out how to make 1k in 1-2 hours" and make a macro explaining the quests and telling them to COD me the mechanical chicken when they're done. I got much more people whispering me interested in 1k for an hours work than I could hold in a group, but a few left as they got suspicious and thought it was a scam or trick(it's a very unusual Idea so it's understandable they're suspicious).

      I think it will work a lot better telling them how to do it, and giving them the money after they have the chicken. Much better GPH and no risk of people keeping the chicken because you wasted neither time nor money if they do. That's what I ended up doing with my group they just went and finished the quests and let me know when they were done and asked me in party chat when they weren't sure what to do. Also maybe even better profit in 4.2 with the new acheivements.
      Be honest with them. My very first run wasn't so smooth either, but the 2nd one was very fast and all players gave me their chicken. Make sure to tell them that they're welcome to do the quests themselves, but that it might take over 3 hours solo. You're just there to accelerate the process.

      Your COD idea isn't bad at all. I imagine most players would try to check the value of the pet before selling it to you though.

      Quote Originally Posted by dimitric View Post
      Question... a while back, I got the quest item in Feralas. I think I tossed it. Now I'm trying to get it again and I've been through hundreds of yetis, and still no quest item. Should I talk to a GM? or just keep trying?
      You might have started the next part. Go to where the chicken spawns? If not, talk to a GM.
    1. Drrwho's Avatar
      Drrwho -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
      Your COD idea isn't bad at all. I imagine most players would try to check the value of the pet before selling it to you though.
      But if the chicken is rarely sold on the AH, there's minimal chance they'd figure out what the value is. Unless they knew about TUJ, they are likely to not find out. Asking in trade chat will probably not give them a good answer either, as they either get trolled or prices that are pretty cheap, since most people would think "a chicken pet? pssh, not worth more than 10g if you ask me". I may try the COD thing instead, as my time lately has been pretty limited as is. I really don't have an hour or more to cart 4 people around to do this, despite the potential great gold to be had. I'm lucky if I can log on an hour before raid time (and yes, I do raid a good bit... kind of have to being an officer and recruiter in the guild, as well as the lead healer for raids)
    1. zenga's Avatar
      zenga -
      Long time reader, but only registered yesterday. Want to share a story that's in line with the topic and might bring up an idea to someone. I did post it about a year ago on another forum I frequent (multiboxing forum).

      An alternative cross faction 'business' idea ... (july 2010)

      I play horde and on my medium populated realm alliance is double the size of horde. While the top 20 guilds are divided evenly among both factions, alliance has way more casual guilds than horde. Bottom line: 90% of my gem cuts and crafts are shipped to alliance over booty bay. On top of that it seems like horde on my realm gives no shit about vanity items, whereas they sell like candy on alliance. Anyway, few weeks ago I got intrigued by a pet on the neutral AH that was up for days, without getting sold. It was listed for 400g: the mechanical chicken. My auctioneer has seen 2 of those since december. Did some research and figured out it's a rather easy to get pet. So i got this idea for a while that i wanted to create my own market, or even a bubble/hype. Here is what i did.

      Over the course of 2 weeks i advertised on horde side in /1 in lower zones that i would pay 500g for each chicken they could deliver me. Whispered a few officers from 'leveling guilds' as well. A couple of friends who were leveling alts got informed. I tried to avoid drawing too much attention by using trade or advertising with my main. The feedback was overwhelming and I ended up with 27 mechanical chickens, a 13k investment. A few days later I created some alliance lvl 1 toons, did a few easy quests to get them lvl 7, 13 + a dk. Send them a chicken, equipped it and went to stormwind on hours i figured many 'younger' players would be online. Did many inspects and used armory as much as i could to 'spot' people who i thought would be interested and who would have enough gold. My first sale was like this: i listed a chicken for 4k on the alliance AH. Then i whispered a player who clearly had enough gold: many BOE items on her (all female toons) main, and her alts were in the same guild and had similar names and also a mix of heirlooms and lower level crafted BOE (few low level epics). I asked her some basic questions about the game, made some jokes, ... actually some pure role playing. When i got her attention (standing in front of her) she spotted my chicken and asked me where i got that. No kidding, 3 minutes later my 4k listed chicken was sold. Over the course of the next week i kept repeating that a few times. And the chicken hype more or less created itself. I played the AH a bit with listing several chickens on different toons, and started to bid myself on my own auctions (*).

      Long story short: over the course of 6 days i sold 24 mechanical chickens anywhere between 2k and 7k with net earnings somewhere between 55 and 60k. I couldn't do anything but smile when i logged my AH alt in stormwind today (sunday afternoon) and i saw 6 mechanical chickens all over the place. Other people stepped in the niche and I'm sold out.

      Since I have read a ton of good gold making tips on this forum, i figured i'd share this little story with the community. Be it for lols or as an idea, that's up to you.


      (*) bear in mind this was posted on a forum where most people have multiple accounts
    1. shayen7's Avatar
      shayen7 -
      I accidentally let out the real worth of the chicken on alliance side... so there are 6 chickens up between 2k and 5k. But other than that it's been going pretty well just by loging on to horde once a day asking if anyone wants 1k for an hours work and replying to them with some macros i've been able to get 6 chickens with very little effort. I'll be selling them on horde and alliance(hopefully) once 4.2 comes out, I've noticed about 1 out of 5 that say they'll do it will but you get enough interested for it not to matter too much.
    1. Bramblebone's Avatar
      Bramblebone -
      I can't get the HL one to drop, I wanted to test out selling these by farming one myself, the macro says I still need to find the quest object but no luck over three times trying to farm it, anyone else experience problems with the RNG?
    1. fwcain's Avatar
      fwcain -
      I'm such a pet-whore that I would've never thought of this. :-D
      Rep for you, sir! ;-)
    1. mesopoor's Avatar
      mesopoor -
      Someone offered me 5k for this, should I sell it or just keep it at my bank and wait till MoP comes out?
    1. Hacez's Avatar
      Hacez -
      I have never sold this particular pet myself, so I cant be sure, but I would guess with some patience you can get quite a bit more then 5k for it. I would probably hang on to it and keep reposting it arround a 10k price range (or whatever fits your server). If you're lucky, someone will buy it before mop or at least offer you more then 5k. If not, you will most definitely get more for it in mop, either because of 'pokemon', inflation or both.
    1. mesopoor's Avatar
      mesopoor -
      Posted it around 17k..I'm at stormscale horde and I really don't know lol
    1. Dralnor's Avatar
      Dralnor -
      I went out on one of my toons to farm this yesterday, and surprisingly I was able to fly directly to where the bot was located and start the escort quest, without farming for the first quest drop. I did this in all three zones then flew to Booty Bay and picked up the chicken, which sold in 2 hours for 8500g. I don't know if skipping the first quest is a recent change or if maybe that toon had done the first quest pre-Cata before all the quests reset, but I was done in about 30 minutes, most of which was travel time.
    1. Drunkngoblin's Avatar
      Drunkngoblin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dralnor View Post
      I went out on one of my toons to farm this yesterday, and surprisingly I was able to fly directly to where the bot was located and start the escort quest, without farming for the first quest drop. I did this in all three zones then flew to Booty Bay and picked up the chicken, which sold in 2 hours for 8500g. I don't know if skipping the first quest is a recent change or if maybe that toon had done the first quest pre-Cata before all the quests reset, but I was done in about 30 minutes, most of which was travel time.
      I just tried this on my 85 Mage in Hinterlands, no luck the chicken wouldn't talk to me and had no quests of any sort. I am still farming for the beacon so i can interact with the chicken lol 35 mins and counting...so many dead slimes

      Well with evil god of RNG laughing at me it took 2.5 hours to get this to drop, Hope the other 2 aren't as brutal lol
    1. Drunkngoblin's Avatar
      Drunkngoblin -
      Oh forgot to mention I'm doing the Random Guild using a addon to invite members to this guild randomly as i read over on Cold's site, so I made the MoTD that I was buying them for 1kg and they could CoD them to me...already had 2 takers in less then a day so I should have a nice supply to move across both factions
    1. Dralnor's Avatar
      Dralnor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Drunkngoblin View Post
      I just tried this on my 85 Mage in Hinterlands, no luck the chicken wouldn't talk to me and had no quests of any sort. I am still farming for the beacon so i can interact with the chicken lol 35 mins and counting...so many dead slimes

      Well with evil god of RNG laughing at me it took 2.5 hours to get this to drop, Hope the other 2 aren't as brutal lol
      You are right, I just tried this with a new DK and I had to farm for the beacon. I can only assume that my other toon must have done the beacon quests a long time ago.
    1. CD82's Avatar
      CD82 -
      well ive done this on my dk have the chicken and was trying to sell in trade.
      i got tons of whispers and got called crazy when i told them my price.
      i might have been asking much but i was asking 20k.
      it sold 2 months ago for 25k on my server from what umj said.
      it then showed to list on the ah for just above 19k.
      ive got it listed for 16500 and still getting called crazy
    1. calianna's Avatar
      calianna -
      Quote Originally Posted by CD82 View Post
      well ive done this on my dk have the chicken and was trying to sell in trade.
      i got tons of whispers and got called crazy when i told them my price.
      i might have been asking much but i was asking 20k.
      it sold 2 months ago for 25k on my server from what umj said.
      it then showed to list on the ah for just above 19k.
      ive got it listed for 16500 and still getting called crazy
      I sell a lot of rare patterns and I get told my prices are too high all the time. All that means is that you've got an interested buyer.
    1. Drrwho's Avatar
      Drrwho -
      Refreshing this guide to the top, since it could be pretty big for MoP.

      But one issue is that I can't get the script to work anymore... get UI error when I run it.


      If you have started any of these quests but forgotten which you have completed you can easily check by making these two macros.

      make a macro with whatever name you like, paste:
      /run f,z=CreateFrame('frame'),{[485]='The Hinterlands',[351]='Tanaris',[2766]='Feralas'};f:RegisterEvent('QUEST_QUERY_COMPLETE' )

      make a second macro, paste:
      /run local s,t;f:SetScript('OnEvent',function() t=GetQuestsCompleted();for c,v in pairs(z) do if t[c] then s='' else s=' not' end print('You have'..s,'found OOX in',v) end end);QueryQuestsCompleted()

      Press the 1st macro, then then 2nd macro, the game will tell you exactly which OOX you have completed, and which you haven't.

      After getting the UI error, subsequent attempts to run the script generate nothing at all.
    1. Knand's Avatar
      Knand -
      For anyone wondering about the drop rate on the beacons, I was recently farming leather in both Feralas and Tanaris; I can't tell you how many of these things I had to destroy in order to loot my kills for skinning. Haven't been to the Hinterlands yet, so I can't say one way or the other on the "quest started without beacon" topic.