Peacocks fly the nest as they’re rehomed to local primary school

It was an interesting week for Barnsley Council’s pest control team, who rehomed six peacocks to a local primary school.

After the peacocks were ruffling some feathers at a property in Thurlstone, the team offered their services for free to take the birds under their wing and rehome them. Six birds were relocated to Goldthorpe Primary School, finding a home amongst other proud peacocks in the school’s farm.

The birds had been causing a nuisance for residents, but the primary school were happy to welcome the peacocks to their farm and give them a new home amongst other feathered friends. The team set up a temporary enclosure for the animals, with bird feed inside to attract them. Once safely inside, the peacocks were collected by our team and transported to the school.

The council’s pest control team have rehomed animals in the past, but this was the first time that they had dealt with peacocks. After hatching a plan to rehome the birds, it’s safe to say that the team didn’t get in a flap, and the peacocks are now settled into their new homes.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “It’s great that we were able to offer our pest control services to relocate these magnificent birds. The peacocks have found a welcome home at the school farm, which helps to teach pupils about the natural world in an eco-learning environment.”

“Rehoming these birds was a first for our team, but it was no challenge for them, with the six peacocks now safely relocated.”

Barnsley Council’s pest control team offer advice and professional solutions for pests in homes or businesses. Whether it’s peacocks or bed bugs, pest control appointments can be booked by visiting

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