RSPCA Wildlife friendly reindeer food Recipe @ RSPCA

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Posted 15th Dec 2019
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reindeer food

Taking care of Rudolph and his friends


On Christmas Eve night, as Father Christmas is rushing from house to house to deliver presents to all the good girls and boys, his reindeer helpers often need a quick snack to keep them going on their busiest night of the year. What's great is you don't need to go and buy them special food (often the food you can buy in the shops is full of glitter, which is very bad for flying reindeer and other garden wildlife) - chances are you have just what they love in your store cupboards anyway!
Use the instructions below or download our Reindeer food recipes (PDF 473KB) to save for later.

Reindeer food mix

Looking for a wildlife friendly snack to leave out for Rudolph and his reindeer friends this Christmas? Follow our simple recipe for reindeer food that is free from glitter and suitable for reindeer and birds alike.

Ingredients and instructions

A handful of wild bird seed (which may include sunflower hearts, naked rolled oats, dried mealworms, yellow millet, kibbled peanuts and black sunflower seeds) - this is what helps the reindeers fly!

A few rolled oats

Some dried fruit, like cranberries (if you have a dog, please don't use grapes, raisins, sultanas or currants as these can be poisonous for them)

Some dried insects - Rudolph and his bird friends love mealworms and waxworms

Some grated cheese

A hint of chilli powder - it helps keep Rudolph's nose glowing red and will stop squirrels and rodents from stealing the food before Rudolph arrives!

Mix it all together, then sprinkle it on your lawn or leave it in a bowl by your front door just before you go to bed.

Reindeer cookie recipe

It's not just Father Christmas who likes cookies left out on Christmas Eve - Rudolph and his friends love them too! Try our quick and easy recipe for these special reindeer cookies. Don't worry if they're not all eaten up by Rudolph, the garden birds will really appreciate them!

Ingredients

250g lard or suet (vegetable shortening works just as well too)

500g wild bird seed mix (which may include sunflower hearts, naked rolled oats, dried mealworms, yellow millet, kibbled peanuts and black sunflower seeds)

A handful of dried cranberries (optional).

You'll also need a saucepan, a spoon for mixing, a lined baking tray and some Christmas shaped cookie cutters (plastic cutters work better for this).

Instructions

Ask a grown-up to melt the lard or suet in a saucepan over a low heat, but not to let it boil.

When melted, you can add in the wild bird seed mix (carefully, it's hot!) and stir it in, ensuring it all sticks together well.

When mixed, leave to one side for 10 minutes so it starts to set.

Whilst still soft, spoon into the lined baking tray. Ensure its evenly spread and at least 2cm deep throughout. Put the baking tray in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.

Remove from the fridge and lift the mixture out of the baking tray on the greaseproof paper. You should have a fairly solid slab.

Use your cookie cutters to cut out your reindeer cookies (if you have any leftover bits you could crumble them up and put them out for the garden birds to enjoy).

Leave them to cool, ideally in the fridge overnight.

Once set, they're ready to go outside for Rudolph! You can either leave them on a bird table, or perhaps hang them from a tree by tying some natural string around them.

Father Christmas's reindeer will be very grateful for these tasty cookies you leave for them - as will their friends, the garden birds!
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Cute
Great idea for the birds!!! 🐦
Great post. Hate seeing reindeer food with glitter in it!
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Great idea love it
Great idea
Like this
Great idea!
Brilliant
Brilliant, thanks
Is that a gold reindeer voted hot
Great, another reindeer post
Great
What noise does a reindeer make
what a refreshing idea to be posted ..... Christmas gifts for the birds .... and no doubt watching them come visit the garden more entertaining than any of the tv programmes scheduled....
Brilliant ideas thank you
Step 1: Can't find gold flame deer
Step 2: Fume for hours
Step 3: Find reindeer related "deal"
Step 4: Post to hukd
Step 5: Watch the comments roll in desperately hoping they will fill the void, but they never do, because only that crisp gold santa puller can ever make you whole again, in a place you never knew was broken.
I love this! We have lots of deer 🦌 beside us and foxes 🦊
Love this
This is the best most useful reindeer related post you've ever had imo!!!
Nice 🏻
Awesome reindeer food was on my shopping list for tomorrow will try a homemade garden friendly version instead...
I totally misread the title and thought there was going to be a yummy recipe for cooking deer in here recommended by RSPCA. Seems odd that they would do that, now that I think about it.
Xrep15/12/2019 22:05

what a refreshing idea to be posted ..... Christmas gifts for the … what a refreshing idea to be posted ..... Christmas gifts for the birds .... and no doubt watching them come visit the garden more entertaining than any of the tv programmes scheduled....


I also thought that. But looks like admin didn't see it that way as they have removed it and added it to a discussion thread instead. It will now have very little exposure so anyone thinking/planning on buying the food marketed as reindeer food containing plastics will unlikely see this alternative. I have discussed this with admin but no luck. Shame on them!!...
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