This year I went from 3 colonies to 11. Today I had to feed them for the first time, wow what a change, i cannot imagine feeding dozens or hundreds of colonies!
I mixed the syrup in a 5 gallon bucket, at a ratio of 1 gallon of water to 16 pounds of sugar, which is 2:1 by weight, using a paint stirrer on a drill to mix. First surprise - 3 gallons of water plus 48 pounds of sugar does not fit in a 5 gallon bucket! I think I will start with 2 gallons of water in the 5 gallon bucket next time.
I mixed 8 gallons of syrup, enough to feed the ones i intended to feed. I need to get a second bucket (maybe a third) for next time, so that I am not pouring into smaller containers in order to mix it all.
I managed to not make a big mess, but would like to improve some more. What else can I do to make mixing 5-12 gallons more efficient?