Classroom Observation Hive Cost Estimates
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Classroom Observation Hive PartPart Cost Per Each Low End Estimate High End Estimate
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Observation Hive Kit from Walter T. Kelley Company, Catalog #346 (hive base) OR custom "bottom board" and a Kelly Super, Catalog #346-S, instead$40 for hive base and $10 shipping OR $82 for custom "bottom board" ($50) and Super ($34) and $10 shipping $ 50.00 $ 94.00
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2-4 Supers, Kelly Catalog #346-S (3 recommended, our numbers reflect a range of hive sizes)$34 $ 68.00 $ 132.00
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Thicker replacement glass or plastic for each Super$5-$10 $ 30.00 $ 100.00
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6 Separators for between boxes when moving the hivemetal $20, or plastic (cut 12"x48"x5/64") ~$3 $ 20.00 $ 120.00
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Various construction materials (wood glue, duct tape, extra nails or screws, bolts instead of screws) $ 10.00 $ 30.00
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Foam insulation$9 each, 6/pk for $45 $ 45.00 $ 90.00
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Queen$30-$60 $ 30.00 $ 60.00
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BeesDonated or purchased from beekeeper (best to start with a brood frame and nurse bees) $ - $ 100.00
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Hive stand, window materials, mosquito nettingfree if donated, $60-500 otherwise $ - $ 500.00
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Hive stand constructionFree if volunteered or $100-$2000 (labor at $50/hr) $ 2,000.00
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Window/building constructionfree if donated or $10 (piece of wood for a double hung window) - $200 (Drill through concrete is easier than drilling through window) - $250 (awning window needing replacement with plywood) $ 250.00
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Treatments/Intervention (sugar water, fan, vacuum, chemicals? We recommend chemical-free) $ 50.00 $ 100.00
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Student Investigation supplies (digital thermometer, magnifying glass, etc.) $ - $ 30.00
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Beekeeper fee$75/week, negotiable or free if volunteer found $ - $ 3,900.00
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Installation and removal costs before/after summer vacationnegotiable or free if volunteer found $ - $ 800.00
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Classroom Hives consulting fee (higher estimate for optional but highly recommended site visit ) $ 50.00 $ 150.00
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Grant administrative costs $ - ask your admins
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Insurance (optional) $ - get a quote
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TOTAL: $ 353.00 $ 8,456.00
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