Fall Mushrooms 2016 — Hens, Chickens and the like

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October 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm #93133


Not sure I never had then myself!

October 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm #93134

Jean Marie

Strong flavor, one that is pleasing. :)

October 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm #93158


I’ve been finding lots of hens…in the last week………they are just starting a bit late…..

October 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm #93164


I found my first ever Hen this Saturday. Got lost in the woods for two hours…because my sense of direction SUCKS! Note to self, never go mushrooming alone again. What makes it worse is – I was in a park – not even real forest! LOL My Hen was tiny – maybe 8″ across – but tasty! I’ve never had them before. I may have a new favorite mushroom.
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October 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm #93165

Jean Marie

No hens yet but lots of others Ischnoderma resinosum
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Fistulina hepatica
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Polyporus squamosus
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Hydnum repandum
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Lycoperdon pyriforme
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And about 25+ lbs of chickens
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October 18, 2016 at 12:40 am #93166

Jean Marie

Laetiporus cincinnatus

October 18, 2016 at 8:09 am #93167


Thanks for the great pics! Don’t know what I’d do with all them chickens. The one on the left looks like about a 12 lber.

October 18, 2016 at 11:30 am #93168

Jean Marie

You’re welcome. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them all either. I’ll give some to few friends. It has been a great year for chickens in my area. All the photos of chickens I’ve posted are within a 1/4 mile radius. Maybe hens will be the same? I’ve heard people say that hens grow around oaks that are 3-4′ + in circumference but some of you-tube videos I’ve seen show much smaller oaks. What has been some of you alls experiences? I’ve only found hen once and that was a of couple years ago. Unfortunately I didn’t mark the location and haven’t been able to relocate the tree. Any data you all could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

October 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm #93181


Jean, I’ve been picking hens since Sept. 13 and have more than enough. But they are still popping up. you should be finding soon. I have found them around white, black, and red oaks all this year. So make sure to know the leaf patterns. Also have found some on the smaller oaks maybe 12″ diam. The best places for me are not in woods but in old city parks with oak groves. But you have to get them before the squirrels.

October 19, 2016 at 11:35 pm #93182

Jean Marie

Thank you. I haven’t been to any parks But I will this coming Friday. I hope I’m not to late. Thank you again!

October 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm #93189


Ringless honeys came up in my yard two days ago, but we had a lot of rain the last two days in the STL so I don’t know if they’re still good. On the plus side, the wet and cooler temperatures mean I may finally find some hens!

October 21, 2016 at 7:57 am #93192


I agree with the city parks….and the squirrels……..I do have spots that are old farm area’s with large oaks…and typically I find the tree’s on the fence line are the hen producers…..the middle of the woods rarely have hen tree’s…..I am thinking that the spore has a hard time penetrating the canopy ..also red and black oaks are best ……just my thoughts

October 21, 2016 at 8:03 am #93193


you really need to go look for remnants at the end of the season…..you gotta find the tree;s….then next year you just check the tree’s…….just looking for hens rarely ever paid off for me…..people ask me if I have been hunting hens….I say no….I have been checking my tree’s

October 21, 2016 at 8:14 am #93194


as for the remnants, If you look closely, you can see the little black crusties from the prior year that didn’t get picked.

October 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm #93196


I find the tree’s on the fence line are the hen producers…..the middle of the woods rarely have hen tree’s…..I am thinking that the spore has a hard time penetrating the canopy

Good to know. Maybe now I won’t get lost! The one I found was at the edge of a trail. Going through the woods, I never saw anything!

…and now I have more reason to hate squirrels. I didn’t actually think I could hate them more.

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