Hi! I'm new here and this is my first year with bees. This is actually my first time using a forum at all, normally I just eavesdrop, so I hope I'm doing this right. I'm a college student (biology) located in East Texas. I picked up bees because I've got an orchard and a large garden established, along with some poultry and whatnot, and it seems like a good hobby to add to the list. Everything has gone pretty smooth so far and I've been really enjoying them, but they're starting to make me a little nervous, so I have a few questions if anyone would be willing to help me out. I started out with 2 nucs this spring. Right now, each one is 2 deep boxes in size, with maybe 3 or 4 frames in the top box not drawn out, because I pulled a frame or 2 of drone comb from each hive and made a nuc off of the stronger hive mid summer. I went through the hives today and noticed a lot of new queen cups being made in all 3 hives. They still have plenty of space, and there's brand new eggs along with larvae and brood in the hives, so they still have queens. Should I be worried about the bees trying to supercede the original queens this fall or something like that? If so, what should I do about it? I found a small cluster (maybe 2 cups) of bees hanging out in a tight ball about 10 feet from my hives today, they were really docile but also very quiet. I couldn't find a queen in there. Would this most likely be a swarm or something else going on? If it is a swarm, any way I could save them this late in the year? Lastly, I started feeding the hives 1:1 sugar syrup a few weeks ago since we're in a dirth. They barely have any capped honey, but they do have a decent amount of pollen and nectar stuffed into cells, plus they drain the feeders very fast when I fill them up. Should I be concerned about their lack of stores, or should they be in ok shape if I keep feeding them since I'm down south? Stuff is starting to bloom again thanks to Harvey and it doesn't start freezing here until November. It's not uncommon to have stretches of a week or so in the 50's and 60's all throughout the winter. I plan on planting a ton of vetch, clover, etc that should give them a good early spring boost. For the nuc, what kind of size and stores should I be aiming for to give them the best shot of making it to spring? I plan on doing oxalic acid treatments for the mites once winter gets closer. I gave them apiguard around early July. Thanks so much in advance for any tips! I have to go run to the store, but I'll check back here in just a little bit.