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Old Nov 7th 2010, 05:42 PM   #1
  Aug 2009
I am in the process of building new whitetail breeding pens. I intend to install electric heated waterers in each pen that will hold approximately 15 deer. Our rnach is in SW Michigan. I am interested in hearing about experiences any of you have had with the different manufacturers.


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Old Nov 7th 2010, 06:52 PM   #2
  Aug 2009
  Rochester MN
i have the jug,nelson, and ritchie waters. the jug is by far the best there is. it has the smallest heating element and never once had them freeze up. the nelson is the next best but the element is on almost constent when it is really cold. the ritchie has three heating elements that seem to burn out all the time and they draw alot of electicity. as for cleaning them out the nelson is easy, the jug you have to disassemble the top to clean (not very often) and the worst is the ritchie because there is so much water surface exposed to the sunlight and you can almost watch the alge grow. This is only from my experiance with the ten waters i have in use right now. Electricty bill goes up about $110 a month from now till March
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Old Nov 7th 2010, 07:15 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK
Brian, on your Nelson waters, how did you attach them? Concrete pad, pipe or what? Thanks MP
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 05:42 AM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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We only have the Richie waterers here and have not had any issues with them except one thermostat went out on one of them one winter.

We also must not have the same model of Richie waterer that Wild West uses because we only have a single heating element and there is very little surface area exposed to the sunlight. In fact with the thermo caps in place there is no sunlight at all that gets into the water area. I also find them very easy to clean.

The model we have here is called the Commander.

I will reluctantly post the link to a video I made here back in March of 2009. It was intended to give some insight into the idea of automatic water units. I think it sucks and is embarrassing to me to watch it and listen to it, but I hope it helped some get an idea about using them in their own farms.
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 06:39 AM   #5
  Apr 2009
  Williamsport, PA
I like the Nelson.
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 09:01 AM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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We also have used Nelson watering cups. We have our lines buried 8 ft. down and then up to the cup. We have had them for 15 years and they perform pretty well. You do have to replace heating elements occasionally. They are easy to clean.
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 12:38 PM   #7
  Apr 2009
  Klingerstown, PA
I have the Ritchie waterer's now and like them and love how easy they are to clean. I had three of the Jugs installed but removed them because of the hassle of cleaning them. If anyone is looking for 3 Jugs that were in service for a year I will sell them cheap.
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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  Apr 2009
  Annville, Pennsylvania

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Give me a call, I sell the Ritchie Waters
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Old Nov 8th 2010, 04:21 PM   #9
  Sep 2010
  Wykoff, MN
I install waterlines and drinkers for a living. All the drinkers everyone has talked about are good. The best drinker in my opinion as far as value, easy to install and clean without removing any panels of covers is the Franklin Industries EEPC Models. They are easy to install and virtually maitenence free. No matter which drinker you buy, the biggest key to being efficent is to put in as big of riser pipe under the unit to allow more ground heat to rise. Also make sure before you set your drinker on the cement slab be sure to put a good bead of silicone caulk down to eliminate any draft that could penetrate underneath. You can find pictures and info at
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Old Nov 9th 2010, 09:44 AM   #10
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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Great info Adam
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