I was breaking up the ice in my run water containers this morning, when my little helper showed up. She is the neighbors grand daughter, about 7 years old. The first question out of her mouth was, Why are you doing that? Before I could answer she said her water containers never have ice on them and they are outside too. How's that smarty pants? Her answer floored me, she said her gand Mother puts them on the compost pile. With that I looked over at my compost piles and what did I see, steam coming up from it. I have some big compost poles around the property with water contains close by and I can't keep the chickens, goats or sheep out of them. So before the end of the day my water containers were placed on top of the compost piles. In the morning we will see if this ole dog learned a new trick. We should get snow tomorrow night as well. All the coops have heat in them so I don;t worry about them.