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Meaty Fall Mushrooms, Predators In The Chicken Coop

Chef Daniel Orr cooks with King Oyster and Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms, and our backyard chicken experts talk about protecting your birds from predators.

chicken of the woods mushrooms

Photo: jamesmorton (Flickr)

These Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms have a taste and texture similar to chicken -- of course!

I would say coyotes are also something to look for, especially if you free range and have some land. It happens.

That’s Jana Wilson talking about the predators that try to make a meal out of her backyard chickens. She’s joined by two other chicken farmers for part two of our series answering your questions about how to raise happy and healthy birds.

Before that, with Congress now in recess, it looks like a new farm bill will not be passed before the old one expires. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock takes a look at the issue causing the most debate.

Later in the show, Chef Daniel Orr speaks with a young entrepreneur who is trying to turn his hobby of cultivating mushrooms in his home into a local food business.

Then, Chef Orr goes into the kitchen to prepare two recipes using King Oyster and Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms.

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Backyard Chicken Farmers, Part 2: Predators In The Coop

chicken hiding in the bush

Jana Wilson calls chickens the snack food of the wild kingdom. She is joined by two other chicken farmers to talk about which predators to look out for.

No Hunting Necessary At Brown County Fungus Farm

king oyster mushrooms

Alan Barker is trying to turn his hobby of fruiting mushrooms at home into a food business. Currently, his many varieties of Oyster Mushrooms are flourishing.

King Oyster Mushrooms Served In Napa Cabbage Leaves

Broiled King Oyster Mushrooms

These mushrooms are so meaty that they could easily take the place of the piece of meat on any dinner plate.

Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms

Chicken Of The Woods in a pan

Who needs actual chicken when you have these meaty and flavorful mushrooms!

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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