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Old Jun 28, 2014, 1:50 pm   #1
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Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

I don't think there's any look alikes but I just want to be sure. Found it and took the pics while working so I apologize if the pics aren't very good. I always thought they grew right on logs or trees. This one was a foot or two from a dead tree but there was bark right next to the shrooms. Believe the tree and bark were oak but not sure. I've never seen chickens in person so just want to double check it. Appreciate any input. Thanks.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 4:54 pm   #2
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Re: Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

Looks like L. cincinnatus Was it whitish underneath ? The only thing that looks like Laetiporus is the other couple of Laetiporus, all edible.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 9:54 pm   #3
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I'm with jack
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 11:14 pm   #4
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Thanks guys. Had a pic I took of the underside but it wouldn't post on here for some reason. Was very blurry anyways. I was wearing an 80 pound mosquito sprayer at the time so wasn't able to bend down much. The pic looked like white and orange on the bottom, that's all I have to go on. Not sure if it's growing from the bark on the ground or what, but I found it weird it was growing on the ground so far from the tree.
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 4:25 pm   #5
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Re: Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

I'm not saying it isn't a Chicken of Woods. Usually they are much thicker.

Chickens are definitely up. I spotted two beautiful specimens yesterday on private property (road troll). I knocked on the door of the house but no one was home.

I went up for a closer look (I wouldn't take them without permission). They were bug infested. The smaller of the two was at least an inch thick.
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Old Jul 3, 2014, 9:25 pm   #6
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Re: Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

Unfortunately by the time I got permission to pick these and went back for them, they had turned pale and were full of bugs. I found more today that were the same way. I hope to find some good ones soon; I really wanted to try them this year!
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Sometimes mushrooms that typically grow on tree trunks will sometimes grow on the roots of trees that are right at or slightly below the soil, making them appear to be ground mushrooms.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 7:18 am   #8
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Re: Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

Just for the record here's a couple of Sulphur Shelfs at the perfect stage for eating. You want them plump and juicy not fanned out and chalky. The one on the ground is Laetiporus cincinnatus, and the one on the tree is Laetiporus sulphureus, and my rendition of Chicken Mushroom tenders.
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Re: Chicken of the woods? Not 100% sure

I found L. cincinnatus in Pinckney Rec area (west of Ann Arbor) on June 20, 2015, a week after 3 inch rain. White pore surface. Pretty mature looking compared to what I'm used to for yellow pored species, and thinner shelves. I have only seen it a few times, and had never eaten it before. This specimen seemed better than any L. sulphureus I have ever eaten, and I've eaten lots. A single huge rosette from the ground, perhaps 5 lb, of which I removed 2. Tom Volk has a good web page reviewing the genus. "mushroom-collecting" page said more about cookery. More than just the edges are good for eating on the parts I took (the top). Smith writes "Typically it is a fall species, but we have found it in June in Michigan.", but does not say if he means cincinnatus or sulphureus or both. This species is trying to get a spot in my top 10 maybe.
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