How to Pick Magic Mushrooms from Cow Patties

As a mushroom forager, you’re probably aware that shrooms grow in almost any environment. One place where you’ll frequently find them growing would be in a cow patty.

But did you know that you could actually grow magic mushrooms from cow patties?

This information may not be surprising to most of you, especially if you’re a seasoned mushroom hunter, but old cow piles are a favorite place for several mushroom species. But, just like your psychedelic mushrooms, poisonous mushrooms also love to grow on cow poop. 

Before anything else, there are some things you’ll have to understand about all this.


Curious About Magic Mushrooms from Cow Patties?

Before we get to the exciting part, it would be good to explain how it works. You’ll understand better how to hunt for those shrooms on the ground on your next little adventure. 

Cows munch on grass and digest what they’ve eaten several times, on the count that they have four stomachs. Through this, they can produce cow dungs rich in nitrogen and very low in stomach acid. This manure makes it highly nutritious and the choice of fertilizer for most farmers.

These cow piles in cattle pastures and farmer’s fields have spores and seeds. It remains undigested and can grow directly from the cow pie. 

Couple that with days of heavy rain and more moisture from the environment, and you have the ideal setting for magic mushroom growth. This is how some small plants and fungi grow in cow dung.

So, Can I Go Mushroom Hunting?

Now that you understand the whys behind magic mushrooms from cow dung, does this mean you can start collecting as soon as the lightning strikes? Unfortunately, no.

While psilocybe mushrooms can grow from cow piles, other species can grow to. Remember, poisonous kinds grow just as quickly on cow piles, just like your psilocybes.

So, before you start collecting, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared before you go picking magic mushrooms. It can help you avoid getting mushroom poisoning, or worse, organ failure.

What Do I Need Then?

There are several things you will have to take into consideration before you go foraging. After all, it’s good to not jump into something blindly, lest you want to endanger yourself. So, before anything else, make sure you have a few things sorted out.

The Right Place

First, you’ll need to find a field where you can go searching for cow dung. If you own cattle pastures or know owners of such, then asking their permission will be easy.

If not, don’t just illegally jump the barbed wire at a random farmer’s field. Be sure to ask permission before going through the lot.

Once you’ve found your place, you can then start collecting your mushrooms. 


Now, aside from looking in the fields, try looking at the tree lines and rotting logs. If you also want to maximize your search of the place, follow a grid-like pattern when you do your investigation.

The Right Time

The ideal time for any mushroom to grow would be after times of heavy rain. It’s because there’s more moisture, making it the perfect environment for many mushrooms to grow. 

Psilocybin mushrooms love all that moisture. So, be sure to time your hunt right and pick them after a storm.

The Right Equipment

Just like any other hunt or harvesting, you’ll need the right equipment.

You’ll be stepping in tall grass, mud, and cow dung. So, best you get yourself a good pair of rubber boots to help you navigate the field while picking mushrooms.

Also, it would be good to bring your container and a pair of scissors to help you pick mushrooms and store them easily. Even paper bags would do.

It keeps them fresh and potent as you go along and pick shrooms.

boots for magic mushroom foraging

The Know-How

When you begin a mushroom hunt, knowing what to avoid picking and what kinds are safe is essential. It’s a matter of life and death in some cases and also very much just common sense.

It’s important to know that psychedelic mushrooms are illegal in some countries and states. Research on your area and the decriminalized drugs list before searching for these shrooms.

Ready to Pick Magic Mushrooms from Cow Patties?

It’s already known that cow manure can be good enough to use as fertilizer. But, picking magic mushrooms from cow patties is a whole different thing. Still, you have to know what you’re getting yourself into. Remember that while you can find psilocybin mushrooms, you can also pick poisonous species. So, make sure to be careful and prepare yourself for the task.

Whether you need to research or bring a guide to help identify mushrooms, it’s good to know what you’re doing. Coming in without adequate knowledge and preparation is the worst thing you can do while hunting for mushrooms.

Enjoy the fruit of your labor when you finally get to experience all the species you got while hunting or when you start collecting. Whether it’s psilocybe mushrooms or other mushrooms you’re looking for, it’s definitely going to be fun when you discover and manage different kinds.

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