Keeping an open hole during a freeze, ice eater or arerator?

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  1. Gadwall King

    Gadwall King Senior Refuge Member

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    I am debating on starting a project to keep open water on a pond that the geese like to use during season. Would you install an ice eater or put a bubbler system in? Thanks!
     
  2. jthunts

    jthunts Elite Refuge Member

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    What size hole and what is water depth?
     
  3. mrmallerd

    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    How far from the closest electrical outlet?
     
  4. Gadwall King

    Gadwall King Senior Refuge Member

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    Going to run electricity to the pond so that's not an issue. The pond is 6-8 feet deep. The hole at least 35 x 35 yards.
     
  5. dukkalr

    dukkalr RIP Rick

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    dunno nuttin about no ice eater,,, but have seen bubblers work,,, and they work awesome,,, if you are runnin electric,,, bubblers is where it is at
     
  6. cornbuzzzard

    cornbuzzzard Senior Refuge Member

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    a 1hp iceeater would keep the entire hole open that size
     
  7. ringneck5499

    ringneck5499 Senior Refuge Member

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    thats what SHE said!:yes
     
  8. duckdown1

    duckdown1 Elite Refuge Member

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    I have aerators and an ice eater. The ice eater works much better then the bubbler's. The ice eater hole we just set up and hunt. The bubbler's we usually have to break open more of the hole before we hunt. They both work but the ice eater is much better IMO.
     
  9. Hairshark

    Hairshark Elite Refuge Member

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    Copy that:tu
     
  10. dukkalr

    dukkalr RIP Rick

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    by majority vote,,, i stand corrected:cry:l:l:l
     

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