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I accidentally killed a chicken, and now people hate me. How do I get them to like me again?

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Oh Riverwood... –  The Communist Duck Nov 13 '11 at 11:33
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At least it's not a Zelda game. You'd already be dead then. –  FAE Nov 13 '11 at 11:55
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Relevant –  Jason Feb 28 '12 at 8:48

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Leave the area for a few in game days. If you return, people will like you again.

Equally, find a guard and sheath your weapon. Then go to prison or pay your bounty.

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Well how many people saw? If the whole village saw, yield to the guards. If only a few people saw kill them and your bounty is gone. For example when I killed the last witness of my crime (I attacked Thalmor and farmers), a bounty worth 4000 was removed from Whiterun.

Alternatively, if you're playing on PC; look up codes to remove bounty. Also you could just kill everyone in the village. Unless some are essential, but there shouldn't be any if you finished the main quest.

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Get away from the place, into the wilderness, and wait 3 days before returning.

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Please see the accepted answer above yours. It covers the same ground. –  ヴァイシャリ Feb 5 '12 at 14:04

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