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  5. Dhuntington

    Some questions :)

    Hens come out in the fall. You will have better luck looking for them around oaks. Seems like the older the tree the better you chances. I find most of them around black and red oak. Chicken can be found from late spring till everything freezes. I have found them on many different dead or dyeing hard woods. Like Bruce said, we need rain its just been to dry.
  6. shadowraider83

    Some questions :)

    Alrighty, thanks for the help, Bruce. 😊 Our rain situation down in Daviess County hasn't been so good either. We did get a little bit of rain since I'd posted this. I'm about to go back to the woods again and take a picture of the scaley mushroom I'd seen as well as see if I can't have any luck finding hens or chickens. 😊I think the scaley mushroom might have been honey mushrooms but until I get a picture, I'll not know for certain. Anyway, I hope you and everyone else has a wonderful and safe day, take care!
  7. Hoosierfunguy

    Chicken of the woods

    I tried freezing them raw and also par boiling them, then freezing and partially cooking them in oil, then freezing. None of those worked well. The texture and flavor was compromised.
  8. Bruce

    Some questions :)

    I can't speak to Daviess County, but here in Hendricks, we haven't had any rain to speak of for more than six weeks. No rain, no mushrooms. Bruce
  9. shadowraider83

    Some questions :)

    Hello everyone, I'm new to this website, I've tried to find a different section of the forums to post what I'm about to say and ask in the right portion of the forums but "Identification Discussion" seemed like the only portion of the forums I could access so if you would, please forgive me, I realize this post isn't regarding identification. Yet, now that I'm thinking about it, I can ask a question regarding a species of mushroom I found this morning which will make this post a little more viable. 😊 I went for a walk in the woods the mornings and found some mushrooms on a tree. They were arranged similar to that of how I've seen oyster mushrooms. They were a whitish color, they had fully-fledged gills that appeared to be the flimsy type, not gill like ridges that I've seen on chanterelle pictures. These mushrooms also had full stems, not nudges like an oyster. Yet on top of their cap which was mostly flat but seemed to indent a little in the middle of the cap. Yet on the top of the cap, they had the same style of scales or a scaley appearance which I've seen on the pheasant back pictures that I've seen. I know that with me not taking a picture of them, that makes it hard and I understand that I've not given all of the information needed to identify them but does anyone have an idea of what kind or kinds of mushrooms fit the sound that I've given? This morning, I hadn't planned on posting here and I hadn't taken my phone with me anyway. Yet after walking through a decent-sized woods, I figured I'd ask about if anyone in my area has ever found, Hen of the woods, Chickens and Lions Manes. Personally, before this spring, I've only hunted Morels and hadn't ever gone after anything else. I'd tried my first oyster this spring and enjoyed it quite a bit so I figured that I'd try to start looking for some of these others to try as well. I hear that Chickens and Hens will fruit in the spring but I've never seen any before in the few woods that I'll go morel hunting. I know that the woods I'd went in today had oaks everywhere (healthy, downed oaks, stumps, etc) but I didn't see a single one of these mushrooms that Chickens and Hens are associated with. There's a lot of sugar maples in another woods that I'll hunt morels in but I've never seen anything that looks like a Lion's mane. Is it possible that these mushrooms don't spawn in Daviess County, Indiana? Or maybe they haven't been established in the woods I hunt? Is there anyone from around that area who has hunted them before? The closest area to where I live that I've seen pictures of these mushrooms being found are in northern Greene county but I don't know anyone from there. The few woods that I hunt in are owned by family members of mine. I've never hunted in state parks or anything of that sort but figure that I'll probably start doing this more, at least during the fall if the woods I regularly hunt in don't produce these mushrooms that I've mentioned. I have seen pheasant back when I'd go morel hunting a few times but that was before I knew what they were and that they were edible. If I ever stumble upon them again, I'll be sure to pick them to try next time lol. Anyways, thanks for your time, sorry for the confusion on figuring out where posts like this go. Take care, everyone! 😊
  10. tina da mom

    tina

    so me and the girls went on a hike and looked for some mushrooms so we were hoping to find some puff shrooms but what we got was even better when i saw a cluster of honey mushrooms right there on a log and don't worry i know i need to cook them first so for celebration i'm going to make us a pizza with them. yum can't wait😁
  11. Howard

    Are these oysters?

    Jmills Yes, these are oysters; probably Pleurotus pulmonarius. They are past prime condition, though. They are a bit dry and the gills are turning yellow. They would be chewy and probably pretty tasteless, at this stage.
  12. Howard

    Furry fungus?

    S_Proctor I agree with your proposal. Did you smell it? I just did a spore print of P. nidulans and the stench was unbearable for two days.
  13. S_Proctor

    Furry fungus?

    I believe it to be stinking orange oyster. Phyllotopsis nidulans
  14. stanton21

    Chicken of the woods

    So you can vacuum pack and freeze
  15. stanton21

    Chicken of the woods

    That looks great. Since the cold and rain the woods are popping. No sheep heads yet.
  16. Hoosierfunguy

    Chicken of the woods

  17. Hoosierfunguy

    Chicken of the woods

    That reminded me of some chickens I harvested a few years ago
  18. stanton21

    Chicken of the woods

    Noodles eggs and chicken
  19. stanton21

    Chicken of the woods

    I'm going to chicken for lunch saturday. But remember you cant eat way to much because you will get a upset stomach
  20. stanton21

    Chicken of the woods

    I'm going to chicken for lunch saturday. But remember you cant eat way to much because you will get a upset stomach
  21. I hit a touch down.
  22. Found growing at base of dead ash in my yard. Believe they are oysters, but I lack the knowledge to say for certain. Also if they are, are they beyond eating in this condition?
  23. Bruce

    Anyone Seen/Harvested any Hens Yet?

    Nothing here. In fact, no rain in more than five weeks. If that doesn't change soon, I can't imagine that we will, either. I went hiking just yesterday, and carried a collection bag, in the vain hope that I might encounter something. The only mushrooms of any kind that I witnessed were artist's conk (Ganoderma sp). But in my mind's eye, I had visions of already-pinned mycelia lurking underground, just waiting for a soaking. Bruce
  24. I know we should be in that season here, so the hunt for the elusive Frondosa commences. I enjoy learning about other's successes also!
  25. Barry

    in my backyard

    Following the picture I harvested the mushroom. I scoured the internet and found several very similar photos and text that it was an early chicken of the woods. I cooked a small portion (two bites) and found that it does taste like chicken. I waited two days and had no ill effects. Following I had several meals of it with no ill effects, but it is not my favorite eating mushroom and will probably limit my harvesting of it in the future. Next time I would like to try a slightly more mature example. Thanks for your response Barry
  26. Hoosierfunguy

    in my backyard

    It does have some likeness to it and it's possible that it's not matured yet. What does it look like now?
  27. Hoosierfunguy

    Honey Mushroom

    At what stage do you decide that a honey mushroom is too far gone to harvest and eat? I've found that less than 10% of them in my area haven't been invaded by larva within the first day of them surfacing. I've only cooked the ones that hadn't been obviously eaten and the flavors were not as pleasant as I've heard many others speak of. I wonder if people are actually enjoying the flavor of the worms, thinking it's the mushroom πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  28. Hoosierfunguy

    Chantrelle

    Judging from the size of the stalks, and caps, next to the ground ivy, those are too small and grayish to be honeys.
  29. Bruce

    hello all

    I suspect so. It's that time of year. Bruce
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