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Old Jun 17, 2008, 11:38 am   #1
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Icon16 First Chicken-of-the-woods

Yummy! We found our first Sulphur Shelf (Chicken-of-the-woods, not to be confused with Hen-of-the-woods) of the year last weekend. It is fresh and tender.
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 2:03 pm   #2
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My wife will be excited to see that!!! Those are her favorites!
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Old Jun 19, 2008, 10:53 am   #3
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Nice fresh one. Looks like it was growing around a bunch of oaks.
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 8:29 am   #4
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hey whiteoakart,wondering what to look for to find the chickens or hens ? still pretty new to this and have never found one of those (or looked ) any help will be appreciated..................T hanks ..Tim
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 8:57 am   #5
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Take a long walk in a nice woods with some oaks. This mushroom's vivid colors will jump out at you: either a bright redish-orange or hues of salmon and pink. The underneath is either yellow or white depending upon the species of chicken you've found. It can be on the tree (or stump or downed tree) or on the ground (attached to a root).

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Old Jun 23, 2008, 6:05 pm   #6
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Hi Timsaquatics,

If they are there, they are hard to miss. Very bright orange, in this case. But even the yellow ones are highly chromatic and they tend to be very large. I have read that they will come back year after year, until their food source is used up. The ones we have found are in old oaks with a lot of fallen trees. They were feeding off buried oak. I have also seen the yellow ones growing straight up the side of a very dead tree (brackets) that was still standing.

BTW, I always call the other kind "yellow", but it is the bottom that is yellow, the top is salmonish-peachy, as Happy Trails mentioned. Whenever I have seen them, they are up in a tree, so I wind up looking at the bottoms first.

Here is a picture of my daughter with one from last year:

Rachel and Sulphur Shelf

Our family calls them "wild chicken".

This may be sacrilegious to write, but I like these ALMOST as much as morels.[
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I was kind of taking a break on shrooms until the summer ones I knew of popped. I think I'll have to take a walk this weekend! Nice find as well.
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