In our farmyard you can meet our lovely reindeer every day of the year. We have about ten reindeer. This photo shows a calf born in early June. Our reindeer Hippu, Aurora, Sisu, Sauli, Hilima, Valkko, Onni, Nekku and Lumikki.
Our reindeer are social. We can also walk in the forest with some of them. Everyone dares to come and take the moss from the hand of our guests when they give it to the reindeer.
Reindeer are a semi-feral domestic animals. Reindeer live on fells and the forest of Lapland. There are about 200 000 reindeer in Finnish Lapland and all of them are owned by someone.
During the winter the reindeer are fenced, because the reindeer can’t find food when there is a lot of snow. They eat grass, branches, lichen, green plants, reindeer moss and mushrooms.
A reindeer doe (female) can live 18-20 years. The stag (male) reindeer can live over 10 years. The stag is about 110cm high and weighs about 90-180kg. The doe is about 90cm high and weighs about 60-100kg.
Reindeer has warm fur and it can survive in temperatures over +40°c in summer and -50°c in winter. The color of reindeer varies from almost black to white. White reindeer are quite rare. Reindeer lose their winter fur in the summer and the new winter fur begins to grow in August.
The antlers change every year. The male has a large antlers and it loses them in winter. The female has smaller antlers and loses them in the spring.
In the autumn the reindeer have a rut. The reindeer’s pregnancy is 7 months. Reindeer calves are born normally in May. A reindeer usually has only one baby at a time. The newborn reindeer weighs 4-6kg.