Valueing bear damaged hive
I placed two over wintered hives locally for blueberry pollination on an island. The caretaker assured me that there was no danger of bears. Of course a bear got into one of the hives and the caretaker has offered to pay for it. How does one value a bear damaged colony? What I got back was a single deep with bees clustered on three frames with the comb beat up. No queen. No brood.
Back in my yard I gave them 2 frames with eggs & brood and a miller type feeder with 1:1 syrup. - I think the bees can cover the brood ok, but it is far from certain that they'll recover. The pollination fee was $50/hive for the blueberry season. The fruit set around the hive looks great so the bear apparently came after blossom. Repeating my question, what do I charge them for the bear damage? Equipment loss is about 18 frames of drawn comb and one deep box that is still servicable but needs sanding & painting. (wicked claw marks!)
Including these two hives I have 11 total.