Many ways. Get the thing that the farmers use to keep it open for their cattle. Its windpowered and kinda looks like a windmill.
Me and my buddy were gonna rig up 3 bilge pumps you can buy at walmart for $20 a piece to some old canada floaters. We were gonna power them off of cheap car batteries. We figured that since they can each push 750 gallons per hour that with 3 of them we should be able to keep our water open. Just make sure they are made to be run continously or rig a timer to them. We haven't got around to making them yet.
Large pump with a power source. Pull the warmer water from the bottom of the pond to the surface and keep it from freezing that way.
Get an old chainsaw with no bar oil in it (don't want to leave an oil slick) and cut you a hole. We do it on the marsh and if the ducks are flying by and everything else is frozen up you will kill ducks so fast it will make your head spin.
I just recently added a Herters twin turbo swimmer to my spread and it keeps the water moving enough so it worn't freeze back over. I think I'm gonna get a few more, I think it would help out a lot. Another thing that I have seen work pretty good is a Mojo Wobble Duck. Puts out some pretty good ripples that will keep the water thawed. :salude:
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