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Where has my "Hen" been ?!?!?

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I've been frantically searching for Hens that seem to have flown the coop. Beginning in early September, I started checking all the old haunts from last year and found nothing! By mid-October I was ready to give up; I was so disappointed. Then on October 14, something caught my eye below a tree where I found this beautiful little "Hen of the Woods"  on September 18 last year:

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In the same crotch of the roots of the same tree a tiny gob of brain-like tissue peaked out of the fallen leaves. I have been watching it for the last four days, but it hasn't blossomed much:

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None of the other regular Hen houses have signs of the late hatching birds' wings. Although I have regained some faith in the Hens, they had better hurry  if they want to grow up big enough for me to eat them before they are covered with snow!

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Last year here I found 8 or 9 of them, so I figured this year wouldn't be good. Haven't seen anything yet. We just started getting cold temps and rain a week ago though.

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Hi howard

just posted a similar question. Are you in Connecticut or neighboring states?  Every year I would find as many as I needed to....this year, almost nada.

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No gabagool, I'm in Wisconsin. I have not found a single hen this year, except for the one baby above. I have been nursing it along, hoping nobody takes it or vandalizes it (it's right along a well used trail). Here is the latest shot. It finally looks like fronds, but the whole thing is only as big as my fist.

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Im in Wisconsin as well.  For what its worth, Ive found only two small hens this year.  Last year I had stopped at around 10 big ones as my wife was getting a bit vocal about all the cleaning.  Another mushroom I had great success with last year and almost no luck with this year is B. edulis.

 

On the other hand, morels, hericiums, and chanterelles have been spectacular this year as compared to last year.  Im too new to this to be able to see repeatable patterns.

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Northern MN didn't have a great year for them. There are some usual spots I check since they come back there every year. I came up empty handed in my usual places. Found some in a new spot this year by chance at least.

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