It sounds like a (bad) joke: What kind of mushroom grows in a chicken run?
When I posted this photo to our Facebook page asking for help identifying the mushroom that sprung up overnight on a cherry log next to the chicken coop, I got several immediate responses. The verdict, yes, Chicken of the Woods. According to consensus, it was specifically Laetiporus cinncinatus, a choice edible mushroom-forager’s delight.
I’ve drilled holes in logs until my hands and arms shook. Plugged them with sawdust spawn for oyster and shiitake and reishi mushrooms. Slathered the holes in melted paraffin. Covered, partially buried, watered, and generally labored over them. No mushrooms.
Then I toss a cherry log aside, do nothing to it for a couple of years and that’s where the mushrooms grow?
I haven’t given up hope on my deliberately inoculated mushrooms yet, it hasn’t been enough time, but I have to laugh at the way nature keeps having a joke at my expense.
Nature truly knows best.