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Old Sep 8, 2015, 12:12 pm   #1
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Chick (aka my first hen of 2015) and more

My first hen of the year. It's so tiny. About 2 inches long.

I've found four or five now... I think 5... I picked one that wasn't very big but it was no longer firm or in the growth stage, in fact it's a bit limp for such a chick (Thanks Jeff O.)
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I'll share these other interesting photos here instead of starting a new thread.

I am a bit disappointed in the quality of this picture but it was just too cute not to share.

It's also an interesting bolete. When I looked at it a few days ago it had a very thick veil which you can see near the bottom of the picture. It's a very thick and sticky mushroom. The veil was also very thick and sticky. I tore one apart looking at it, not the one the frog is resting on. The flesh was white but the pores were dingy yellow staining brown. Over all I'd say it was a pleasantly disgusting bolete.

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Don't ever touch the decomposing mushroom. Yes decomposing mushrooms usually smell bad but this one was extra terrible.
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Old Sep 8, 2015, 9:27 pm   #2
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Is that a chanterelle in the first picture to the left? Can't wait to check my spots this weekend! Lost some last year that won't happen this year! Hear chick chick chick! Lol
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Old Sep 8, 2015, 9:32 pm   #3
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Yup. That's part of a chanterelle. If it had been a whole chantie it would have dwarfed my chick.

I don't know what the other mushroom is. Sure is cute growing with the hen. Oh crap... I was going to pick it so it didn't become a part of that hen and I think I forgot!

Maybe if I get to it tomorrow it will be ok.
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Old Sep 13, 2015, 11:41 am   #4
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Here is my first hen. It hasn't grown much. In fact another tree which didn't have a baby hen when I found this one put out a hen that was twice as big as this.. all within 4 days! It's my favorite hen tree where I first fell in love with hens. The hen in this picture is the new hen tree, that is I've never seen a hen on it and I check this pretty swamp peninsula all the time. It's a very small oak too. Nothing like the old monsters that I usually check.

The pretty little mushroom on the right in the first picture had grown into the hen. In the latest picture I had peeled it off but you can see it to use for size.
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I've noticed a lot of what I would call double mushrooms this year.
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Lots of double boletes. I can't remember what this mushroom is but I do know it did NOT grow on the stump. I put it up there to get some better light. My new phone has a crappy low light camera. My old I phone 3 takes better pictures. Neither has a flash.

I'm not keeping close track of my hen count this year. I think I've picked 6, left an old one... and left several babies to grow. 2 of those 6 turned out to be so dirty I didn't bother cleaning them. I put them outside for the slugs.

Is anyone else finding hens yet?
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Old Sep 14, 2015, 11:23 am   #5
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This little one is less than an inch. It was partially hiding under a leaf.

The hen in the first picture wasn't any good once I picked it yesterday. It would have been okay in a survival situation but it was dirty and already dry and leathery like it had been uprooted.

There seems to be a lot of ground disturbance in that area. I'm wondering if it's feral swine rooting and that's why I'm not finding any trumpets where I found them last year.
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Old Sep 15, 2015, 11:56 am   #6
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I found a few Trumpets yesterday, and left just as many cause I didn't have anything else to carry them in.
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Old Sep 18, 2015, 9:59 pm   #7
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Nice haul Mushroom Jack! Mine are gone. I think something is eating them. Plus it's been really dry.

I've found another baby hen to document it's growth. It was only an inch big now it's doubled.

I thought I had posted the Sept 15th picture of the new baby hen. I'm losing track of my posts.

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This is the really nice clean hen I almost didn't pick because it was in the brambles.
The ruler is a 6 inch.
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 11:00 am   #8
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I'm jealous! Haven't had much luck with the hens yet. I still hold out a lot of hope because I didn't even look for them until the end of October last year and managed to find 3 my first time out. So there's still plenty of time. But I've covered a lot of ground unsuccessfully in the last week. Hopefully this rain helps. I still haven't found trumpets. Would love to try them.
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 2:45 pm   #9
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Great finds & pics. You guys are killing me, I've looked in all my spots & no hens. I have a clam bake & fish fry tomorrow & really wanted a fresh hen for everyone that hasn't eaten them.
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 4:11 pm   #10
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I don't know what the deal is with the hens this year. They are few and far between. I have a feeling this may be part of the problem.

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This is today's picture of the baby hen I'm watching. It grew quite nicely and is almost 6 inches. I'm not sure it's going to be there much longer because it's in a very conspicuous spot and there a lot of hunters in the woods right now.
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