I live in Michigan and I used to have the luxury of taking a hose and filling the water containers for the birds but in the last couple of weeks the weather has been awful cold. Instead of filling bucket after bucket in the house and taking them to the birds, I have decided to do something that will shorten my chore time by a few minutes. I went to Wal-Mart and got a 30 gallon rubber made tub with a lid. I put the tub filled with water in a wheel barrow along with the feed and in 30 minutes time I am done with chores. I have a hose in my basement that I can get a few feet outside and fill the bucket and then drag the hose back inside. I would like to know how people get water to their birds in a lovely cold, frozen climate like Michigan. I know its a warmer cold compared to some other places.