So, I just starved two packages of bees to death with a baggie feeder behind a follower board with a gap AND a hole less than four inches away from the cluster in a horizontal/top bar style hive. I have one queen with a baseball sized cluster of bees surviving, which I'm attempting to save with an inverted feeder directly above the cluster and the bars gapped for access. I'm on the local beekeeping club swarm list, but assuming I do get a swarm I don't want to starve them too. My assigned bee mentor from the local club doesn't much approve of "alternate style hives" and mostly said I told you so. I don't think that the hundreds of people successfully keeping bees in "alternate stlye hives" can all be crazy, or want it to work so badly that they only report success, but what she said about the bees not leaving the cluster in temps under 45-50 does make some sense. Does anyone from a cold climate have advice? She (my bee mentor) says that the bees will starve if the feed is not directly above the cluster. Top feeders are a little hard with top bar hives, but if what she says is true, and bees won't even travel two inches in the cold to get food, and can starve to death overnight, feeding on the bottom isn't going to work at all.