541-933-1832

oregonreindeer@gmail.com

 

 

LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL MOHAWK VALLEY

EAST OF SPRINGFIELD, OREGON

 


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Renting Reindeer or Leasing Reindeer for Displays and Promotional use in Oregon

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Join us as we take you on a journey to learn about reindeer and what makes them one of the most unique

animals in our world!

our reindeer are available for: 

  • Rental Displays

  • Long Term Leases

  • Field Trips

  • Educational Outreach Programs

  • Tree Farms

  • Commercials, Movies & TV, Print Media

  • and so Much More!

 

Family groups are also welcome to come up to the farm to view the reindeer to learn about what makes them so unique. This is a great way to spend more time with relaxed reindeer in a natural setting.  Not only do the children enjoy a great farm experience, but they get the opportunity to see that reindeer really do exist!!                                                                                                                                          

Contact us to book early; as you can imagine the reindeer are very popular during the holiday season!    It is never too early to reserve your date.

(541) 933-1832  or oregonreindeer@gmail.com

 

 

A bit about reindeer:

Did you know reindeer can reduce the temperature in their legs, bringing that heat up to their bodies to conserve their body heat?

Did you know that what a reindeer eats in the summer will affect their health more than 6 months later?

Did you know their antlers grow from the tips? And that females as well as males grow antlers?

Reindeer antlers drop off once a year. Bulls will lose their antlers in the fall, while the females and steers lose their antlers in late winter and early spring.   Antlers grow rapidly and stop growing in August.  Velvet is rubbed off in September.

Reindeer go through many changes during the year. From the change in their antlers to their coat density and color, they are constantly changing for the next season!

Frosty - one antler on, one off

Jingle Bell - antlers re-growing- currently in velvet

Things to know before visiting the farm:

The farm is a Bio-Safe Facility which means on or off the farm we observe cross-contamination safety measures.

No petting or touching of the reindeer is allowed to protect the reindeer from cross-contamination from another species, such as cattle, horses, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, pigs, birds, etc.

But!

We do have a clean reindeer hide, & antlers so kids (and adults) can touch parts of a real reindeer!

Although our reindeer are very tame and enjoy being around people very much, they are animals, and as with any animal safety measures are taken to ensure all have an enjoyable experience. 

 

Keira & Rudolph are best buddies

You'd never think so, but Reindeer antlers do start out small!! Sugar Plum at 6 mths with Heather & Kyle

Reindeer shown above part of a Mongolian herd, 2003.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do reindeer really exist?

A. Of course they do!! Really! In fact, reindeer and caribou are the only living species of hoofed animal which exists around the whole northern hemisphere above 60 degree of latitude.

 

Q. How long have reindeer been around?

A. Rock-carvings indicate that stone-age hunters caught and tamed reindeer to use as decoy animals (for hunting) as early as 5,000 years ago.

 

Q. Where else can I find reindeer?

A. Reindeer live in the lower 48 states, throughout Canada and are still a viable, working animal in countries surrounding the top of the world where tundra exists, for example: Scandinavian countries, Mongolia, Russia, and Alaska, where some groups of people depend on reindeer to survive.

 

Q. Are Reindeer really Caribou?

A. No, they are not!  Reindeer have the scientific name of Rangifer Tarandus Tarandus and Caribou have the scientific name of Rangifer Tarandus Grantii.  Caribou are wild in nature and could not tolerate captivity.  Reindeer are quite comfortable around people and in being contained in small areas, such as a display pen. Caribou also have longer legs, longer faces and breed and give birth at a slightly different time than Reindeer.  They have many similarities, but they are separate species like dogs and wolves are similar but are different species.  For more information on how reindeer are different from caribou you can read more at: http://arran2.blogspot.com/2007/06/reindeer-or-caribou.html .

Reindeer have many, many differences from caribou even though they look similar.  But put them side by side and you would see the difference.  Spend time with both and you will really see they are completely different animals.

 

Ever wonder what a reindeer looks like from the inside out?  Below is a thermal image courtesy of the FLIR Company, leaders in thermal imaging equipment and technology located in Portland, OR.

In this image, Prancer (in front) still has pretty much all his velvet still on his antlers (this was taken in early October), as did Blitzen behind him.  You can see the heat generated as the blood draws down to the base of their antlers.  See how hot their legs show up also?  This is because reindeer can take the heat in their legs and move it up to their body as needed.  Their bodies are not generating as much heat as their legs as their winter hair is coming in and giving them a thermal "wrap".

 

 

 

Check out our New Merchandise!

Jingle Bell - 5 yrs old female - Summer 2005

Award winner - Largest antlers on a Female Reindeer

 

Meet Joy, our new calf!  Born 4-18-2016, she is 1 hour old in the photo on the left.  She is 1 month old in the photo on the right.  Dasher is the best reindeer Mom.  And although Joy is very dark in color now, within just a few weeks, she'll be a completely different color. Watch Joy grow up by following her journey on our Facebook page.

calendar of display locations and

basic RATES for daily displays

if your town hasn't included reindeer in  their winter event planning, tell them about us!

scheduling for another fun display year in 2016 - call now

If the date you want to book is marked "booked" on our calendar below, or the date you want appears booked up (2 or more listings), contact us anyway.  We may, if possible, adjust our schedule or open new dates to accommodate your needs.  We'll do what we can to fill your request if it is at all possible. There are only so many days available though and only so  many reindeer to go out, so booking early is critical for daily rental availability. Booking begins early each year (we're talking before our current season ends-current clients rebook)  so if you have a date in mind for your event, we can't stress enough to book early in the year. Plan early if you would like to set up a lease arrangement, where the reindeer stay on your site for 10 days in a row or longer.  USDA licensing, shelter, fencing and caretaking issues all take time to work out.

Our reindeer only travel within Oregon.  Basic daily rental display, lease pricing and general details for renting or leasing reindeer are listed below this calendar.  There may be additional charges depending on your unique set up.

Our Current Line-up

Top Row (L to R):  Dasher, Frosty, Prancer, Rudolph, Cocoa, Cupid

Bottom Row (L to R): Cookie, Glitter, Elf, Ginger, Dancer, Crystal, Noelle, Joy

 

         

2016 Holiday season calendar - November & December

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
     

 

     
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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

Alaska/Sami Exhibit

 

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20

Woodburn 12-7

 

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24

Thanksgiving

 

reindeer to Loch Lolly Christmas Forest, North Plains

25

 

 

26

Beaverton 10-5

 

 

Hillsboro Holly Days 1-5

 

 

27

Oakway 4-7

 

 

28 29 30 1

2

Dennis' 7 Dee's Lake Oswego 10-5

DEC 3

Dennis' 7 Dee's Powell 10-5

Westfir Bridge Lighting 6-8

 

4

Dennis' 7 Dee's Cedar Hills 10-5

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8

9

10

 

Oakway 12-4

11

St. Helen's NG Armory 10-4

Christmas 4 Kids 8-11am

 

12

 

13

Daimler 11-1

 

14

15

 

 

16

Heritage Mall - Albany  3pm - 7pm

Paragon/Bioteck/Pearl Buck 7-9

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19 20 21               22                         23             24

Don't delay - Contact us now to reserve your date for the 2016 holiday season!

Short Term Displays -

Reindeer displays are ideal for anyone looking to draw a crowd to their holiday event!  When our reindeer arrive, out of nowhere, people seem to appear before we are even out of the truck.  By the time we have the display panels set up, there is always a crowd gathered.  The funny thing is, most of the crowd doesn't know exactly why they are excited and what they are waiting for!  Then the doors to the trailer open and out jump the reindeer!  The ooohs and ahhhs can be heard throughout the crowd over the bells that our reindeer are wearing.  That excitement and anticipation is one of the many reasons why our reindeer are so popular at holiday events.  Reindeer are like unicorns - many people want to believe in them, but since they haven't seen them, they don't think they actually are a real species and therefore reindeer have a mystical quality.  Are they really reindeer?  They can't believe it!  We've had people spend hours around the pen just looking at them over and over and asking us questions about these unique animals.

 

 

 

Our displays are custom designed to work with your event, although we do have some animal/people safety rules that always apply.  We'll work with you to provide an outstanding addition to your event!  We display only throughout the state of Oregon.  We can recommend other reindeer owners for displays in other states.

 

We hope you understand when we say that reindeer are not petting zoo animals (see antlers in photos for one of the reasons why).  For safety to your clientele and our animals, the reindeer must remain in their display pen for the duration of the display time and only the handler enters the pen.  Photos can be taken through the display panel grids.

 

 

 

 

Each display is quoted individually depending on display requirements, time and day we have the reindeer on display & specific client requests, portage distances for equipment and other factors. Each display is has unique requirements.

 

Basic charges: **charges listed below are beginning level charges for very basic setups.  Your price may be different than the basic level depending on what other factors come into play for your entire display package Mileage charges are always addition to the display costs.

 

$1200.00** is the absolute minimum charge (NOT including mileage) for 2 hours or less of basic display with no special requirements for the display location.

$1500.00** - 3 hrs basic display charge (not including mileage)

$1800.00** is the minimum charge for 4 hours of display, not including mileage.

$2,250.00** is the minimum charge for 5 hours of display, not including mileage.

$2,400.00** is the minimum charge for 6 hours of display, not including mileage.

$2,625.00** is the minimum charge for 7 hours of display, not including mileage.

$2,800.00** is the minimum basic day rate for 8 hours of display (not including mileage) with no special requirement charges added.  

$350.00 per hr add'l charge for time over what contract agreement states on display time, rounded up to the nearest hour.

 

**Additional charges may apply to your display request depending on your requests.  Please read information below carefully.

 

Petting station with 1 calf for petting available every 1/2 hour - $400/under 4 hours or less;   $800/full day.  Calf petting is available in a limited capacity on years when calves are available.  Due to young age and stress factors, calf is available for petting for 1/2 hour, then must rest in pen for the next 1/2 hour before we bring it out for petting & photos once again.  Lines will be long when you offer calf petting and petting time must be limited per person to allow all in line the chance to pet the calf.  But this option is EXTREMELY popular and in great demand.  There are special set up requirements to make the calf petting station a success.  USDA Approved Hot Water Handwashing Stations must be present during the petting session time.   Absolutely NO pet photos with the calf due to cross contamination issues.

 

Indoor displays or displays that are located further than 100 feet each way from truck/trailer unloading area - add $200 portage charge.

 

Basic rates do not apply for bookings on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,  New Years Eve, & New Years Day.  Bookings on these days will be custom quoted.

 

5% discount on day rate for back to back display date bookings (example- Sat/Sun full days).  Discount applies to full day rate only; mileage and any additional charges are added after day rate is calculated. 

5% discount for booking additional day(s) during same season but not back to back.

Additional insured endorsements are charged at $100 per form.

 

Mileage charges for travel time is at $3.00 per mile, round trip.  60 mile credit round trip is allowed per trip.

 

Basic display includes 2 reindeer***** (calf & adult or 2 adults) in pen, 15' x 15' (or appropriate size for display) containment pen, reindeer handler to answer questions, set up, clean up, liability insurance for the reindeer and a great holiday experience!


You
provide safe, flat display site CLEARED OF ALL DEBRIS for us to set up our pen, *tent or overhead shelter if required by weather for your clients to enjoy viewing,  **appropriate parking close by for our truck/trailer (within sight of display area), *** lighting for night displays around pen (see below for more info on appropriate lighting), security personnel for keeping your crowd back from the reindeer as they are transported back & forth from pen to trailer, & ****advertising and onsite signage for event.

 

* - If you wish to have a cover for your crowds please arrange to set up your tent before we arrive with the pen and reindeer.  We will set up our pen out of the way of your client foot traffic pathways and clear of your tent structure.

** - we use our truck to store the majority of excess equipment rather than clutter up our display site. By USDA display requirements, we must be within eyesight of the reindeer at all times while they are on display.  Parking for our truck/trailer must be within eyesight range so we can grab what we need quickly and not leave the display site unattended.

*** - for safety, lighting needs to be hung from above instead of coming in from the side of the display pen.  When lights shine in to the pen from the side, the animals and handler are blinded, which creates an unsafe situation. 

**** - Attendance will increase greatly if you advertise that the reindeer will be at your event.  Reindeer draw in crowds like you would not expect if you just let people know they will be at your event.  If your intent is to increase sales we suggest placing the reindeer display pen in an area where your customers must walk through your store or venue to reach the reindeer area.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:  ABSOLUTELY NO SNOW MAKING MACHINES ARE ALLOWED WITHIN WIND BLOWING DISTANCE FROM THE REINDEER WHEN THEY ARE IN THEIR DISPLAY PEN REGARDLESS OF CHEMICAL MAKEUP OF THE "SNOW".

 

*****It is a natural occurrence for reindeer to lose their antlers once a year.  We have no control over when antlers are lost - it depends on light exposure, temperatures, and each animals normal timing to shed.  Should an antler be shed during a display, we will use the shed antler as a teaching tool to show viewers how the natural shed happens and what it looks like and how much it weighs.  There will be some blood on the reindeer under where the antler was seated on the head - this is normal. We can not clean the blood off due to the new antler growing in - which is extremely sensitive to the reindeer.   Most people are fascinated by the shedding process and can't believe antlers grow in just a few months.  Should this happen, we ask for your understanding.  The reindeer is completely comfortable with just one antler and the shedding process is not painful for them.

 

 

Our standard display pen set up is 15 feet x 15 feet and is made from 2" x 4" welded wire.  We will not display in an area that requires less room than we consider comfortable for the safety of our reindeer. During inclement weather, we may decide a pop up in the pen is necessary to provide shelter for the reindeer.  This is our handlers decision and non-negotiable.  Our handlers will not set up our display pen in an area that puts the reindeer standing in water. Display area must be relatively flat so pen can stand securely. Grassy areas are not a good surface for set up unless you don't care about how the grass looks after the display, as reindeer have very large hooves and will tear up the grass. Grass must not have any chemicals (fertilizers etc) added 60 days before the reindeer are to be on that surface. Responsibility for covering and protecting inside flooring is our clients.  Our pen has metal poles and reindeer have sharp hooves.  For inside venues we suggest laying down a tarp, then sheets of 3/8" plywood before we arrive and put down our tarp.  Our tarp is not sufficient to protect inside floors.  Walkways to and from an indoor venue must be protected also if they are of damageable material.  Ask us what works well for these areas.

 

Dogs:

All dogs must be on leash and the leash held by a person over 12 years of age.  We realize most dogs have never seen a reindeer, and allow time for them to adjust to the reindeer when they first approach the pen. However, if the dog continues to bark or be aggressive towards the reindeer, we will ask the dog owner to remove their dog from the reindeer pen area.  Dogs are to be under the control of their owner at all times.  We reserve the right to ask the dog to be removed from the pen area at any time if we think the dog is disturbing the display area or the reindeer are becoming stressed by the dogs presence.

 

 

 

Leases -

Minimum lease -10 days.  Each lease is priced separately, so please contact us with your plans and we'll quote.  Client provides approved pen and shelter setup.  We also lease for longer time frames than 10 days - contact us for a specific price quote based on your requirements. USDA license must be obtained or currently held and in good standing by facility where reindeer will be on display during full lease time frame (we can assist with info on obtaining a USDA license) or you must provide one person we can train to oversee reindeer care while they are on site for the length of the lease so they will be covered under our license.  Facility for reindeer housing & display can not have been used for sheep or goats anytime prior to reindeer being on the same area.  6 foot fencing/pen with sturdy shelter must be provided, as well as assigning at least one person in charge of care & feeding that we can train on care & reindeer facts to share with your viewing audience.  Fencing material must not allow small animals to enter the pen.   We require a person stay in a trailer or camper at the pen site overnight at all times that the reindeer are on lease.  We can provide this person if requested, at an additional charge of $300 per day.  We deliver, pick up, provide feed and food/water containers, decorated halters, bells, lead ropes.   Veterinary care must be locally available and Vet notified of reindeer in the area during lease time.

 

 

 

DUE TO INSURANCE RESTRICTIONS, CALF PETTING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. STAY TUNED FOR OTHER OPTIONS.

 

Sleigh available for rent during reindeer displays - $500 per day    Great for photos!

 

 

**Field Trips - field trip scheduling during November & December works around our display schedule.  Please email or call to check with us first to see what works best for our schedule.   We do not schedule field trips for any day we have an off-farm display.

$6.00 per child or non-chaperoning adult, (under 3 yrs old free with older children's group reservation) ; $48.00 minimum charge for group.

Includes close encounter interactive reindeer education (no touching of live reindeer, but we do have a hide and antlers to touch).

Approx. 20 children or less per group with the reindeer at one time for farm field trips.  Chaperones are required for farm field trips - 1:5 ratio chaperone/children for 3-5 yrs; 1:8 ratio for 6 yrs & up.

Photos with reindeer in background possible.

 

 

Family Trips -

$10.00 per car - 1/2 hour viewing and learning about reindeer.  (on family day only viewing is limited to 1/2 hr per family; days other than family day time limits are relaxed)

Please call ahead (541-933-1832) or email us at oregonreindeer@gmail.com  to see what times & dates the reindeer will be available to view.  From November 1st through Christmas Day, family visits are difficult to schedule due to our off-farm display schedule. Email or call to see what we can arrange.

Other -

  • Commercials & photos for print advertising - call for quote.

  • Artist visits for sketching or photographs - $500 for up to 4 hours. 

  • Santa photo visits - $250 per visit.

  • Antlers for sale: Variety of sizes and pricing.    Prices start at $10 per tine for under 24 tines unmounted.  Mounting kits available.  Over 24 tines, custom quoted.

  • Autographed hoof prints and hoof prints in plaster.
  • Ornaments

Antlers for SALE!!

A nicely weathered antler set from 2012/2013 season off a reindeer cow named Twinkles.  Right side is 43" tall x 21.5" wide and has 15 tines.  Left side is 36" tall x 20.5" wide and has 9 tines.  Total of 24 tines.  Price $240.00 + shipping.

This antler set comes from a reindeer steer named Comet.  Right side is 43" tall x 26" wide and has 11 tines.  Left side is 45.5" tall x 26.5" wide and has 18 tines.  Total of 29 tines. Price is $290.00 + shipping.

 

This set of antlers is from the one and only Rudolph.  He's the first in line when the sleigh lands and sometimes he bumps in to chimneys, so his antlers can get a bit rough some years by the time they fall off.  This set has 2 tines that are broken so you can see how the antler is constructed inside.  Right side is 42" tall x 25" wide and has 7 tines.  Left side is 35" tall x 21" wide and has 8 tines.  Broken tines are not counted in pricing.  Total of 15 tines.  Price is $150.00 + shipping.

*Antler dimensions are approximate due to formations and layouts. 

We have other antler sets available. If those above are not what you are looking for, please email us with your request.

New! Ornaments Featuring our Reindeer!

$12.50 each

3 styles/colors - Blue, Red or Green - 2 photo choices - Green or Snow

                  

 

Autographed hoof print and photo

Each photo is an original hoof print (imprinted from your requested reindeer - we ask them nicely:) and includes a photo and message from your choice of reindeer. Handmade and customized per each request, limited quantities.  We suggest ordering early in the year to avoid disappointment as Christmas approaches and we run out of time to assemble.

Includes a photo of your reindeer of choice (Rudolph, Frosty, Dasher, Dancer, Glitter, Cookie, Ginger, Elf, Prancer, Crystal, Cocoa, Noelle).

$45.00 (framed) plus shipping***

***12/19/16 last date for ordering for Christmas delivery using rush shipping.

Each framed hoof print/photo is custom, and may vary in design from those shown below.

Reads "Believe in the Magic of Reindeer" and is "signed" by reindeer of choice