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Mushroom caps with chicken of the woods


To grow on logs using plug spawn, you will need a drill bit, log sealing wax, and wax pads. We also recommend Filter Patch Bags for Chicken of the Woods for incubating your log segments. Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online.

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Buy Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Caps online.

Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online. The large, bright orange fruiting bodies of Laetiporus sulphureus have a chicken-like feel and are delicious in soups and stir-fries.

Skill level Experimental
Expand location Exterior
Incubation 12-24 months
Spawn shelf life 6 months (refrigerated)
Flavor profile Succulent, fleshy
Bag sizes 100, 500, and 1,000 points

Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps for sale.

The Chicken of the Woods mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus) develops huge, multi-layered, shiny orange fruiting bodies with a chicken-like feel. Once cooked, these mushrooms are succulent, juicy, and fleshy, with a subtle lemony scent. Chicken of the woods can be difficult to grow, so it is recommended for gardeners who have had success with other advanced species or who are looking to experiment with new techniques.

Because this species is not a strong competitor, it requires a distinct cultivation method and grows best when logs are steam disinfected, incubated, and colonized in filter bags, then partially buried in a shady location. Plug spawn is appropriate for projects involving 1 to 10 logs, but some log producers use it for larger projects.

Tools you will need

To grow on logs using plug spawn, you will need a drill, Log Sealing Wax and Wax Daubers. We also recommend Filter Patch Bags for Chicken of the Woods to incubate your log segments. Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online.


Click here to download our brochure on growing mushrooms on logs, stumps, and totem poles. Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online.


The chicken of the woods feeds on oak logs. After a period of colonization in filter bags above ground, the logs should be partially buried under 2 inches of topsoil. Mushrooms will produce fruit on logs and emerge from the ground.

Note that chicken of the woods is likely to be outcompeted by other mushrooms and will not grow regularly unless your logs are treated first. To reduce variables, we recommend sterilizing 8″ × 8″ oak log segments in a pressure cooker or steam sterilizer prior to inoculation and incubating them for several months in sealed filter patch bags until they are completely colonized. Remove them from the bag and bury them halfway in a shaded area. (Your log segments can be sterilized in a 22-quart or larger pressure cooker, such as an All-American.)


If you don’t plan to use it right away, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.


Make sure to pick young chicken of the woods mushrooms to avoid a brittle texture. When cooked, they have a meaty, slightly lemony taste and a texture similar to chicken. The harder outer parts are ideal for drying and using in soups or risottos, or for grinding into rubs. When sautéed with garlic, onions, salt, and olive oil, the softer center parts are wonderful. (A splash of white wine is also good!)


The spawn of our mushroom caps is grown on USDA-certified organic grains and organic crops from our own crop bank. Our corks are handcrafted from a combination of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods from New England and North America.

Precautions and Consideration

If you want to eat mushrooms from the garden, make sure you cook them well. If you are consuming this species for the first time, you should start with a modest amount to test for allergies, even if it is cooked.

Additional information


100, 500, 1000


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