We found these mushrooms on a tree my dad cut down last year. Are they the...

Asked July 25, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

We found these mushrooms on a tree my dad cut down last year. Are they the chicken mushrooms we've heard about?? What characteristics should I look for?

Brown County Minnesota mushrooms

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I hesitate to identify mushrooms on-line, but there are a few characteristics of "sulpher shelf", or "chicken-of-the-woods" fungi that are pretty reliable. Usually they are found on oak or elm trees. They grow perpendicularly to the trunk, and are a bit soft, and flexible. They usually have a bright orange color and have pores, rather than gills. There are many "shelf" mushrooms out there and some of them can get quite large but most are not edible!. Here are some links that describe this large, edible and fascinating mushroom:

http://mushroom-collecting.com/mushroomchickens.html
http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/chicken-of-the-woods.html