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Earlier this year, I inoculated a couple of recently cut stumps with what was sold as chicken mushroom spawn. In the last couple of months there has been some mushroom growth on the stump, but they do not look like chicken mushrooms. Thought you guys might be able to help me ID what they are. Thanks!
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Landon Sunrich
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That could be an old beat-up oyster mushroom cluster OR about 100 other things so DON'T EAT IT. What kind of stump did you inoculate?
 
John Saltveit
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You need to find out exactly what you inoculated. There is one mushroom called Fried Chicken mushroom. There is a different one called Chicken of the woods. There is another one called hen of the woods. You need to know the scientific name and go through all of the steps to ID it properly. Spore print, habitat, stem type, etc. Don't eat it until you get a real ID.
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Seth Peterson
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Don't eat it is right!

Even if I had a positive ID on that mushroom I would not eat a specimen that is so far gone. That fungi is way past its prime, It is too old, which not only makes it hard to ID but also hard to enjoy eating it.

However, since I do suspect it is an oyster I would watch for more, and you could try a spore print, which you could cultivate, then of course you could just toss it back into the garden in a pile of woodchips.
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