Hi! I am new to pigeons (but not most poultry).
Last week a bought 6 young white Homers (I am hoping to do a little "dove" releasing) and two pretty colored Utility King babies just for fun/pets. They will be living in my bantam chicken coop/run, though I already know not to let them breed in there.
My main question is regarding waterers for pigeons. What does everyone use? What is the best kind to keep the water clean, and be lowest matinence for me (I love my nipple waterers for my chickens). How far do they need to be able to stick their beaks in the water to be able to suck it up? Is there any kind I can heat in the winter? This is my important issue because I live in WI and so frozen water is a problem.
And what type of feeder do they make to least mess with? I am not as worried about that though because I'm going to put the food up high though and I am sure any that gets knocked down the chickens will clean up. I am correct in understanding that the pigeons should not have free access to food like the chickens do though?