I need suggestions on how best to help my bees survive this winter. I have 2 hives that were started this year, one a package with an Italian queen and the other a split from a larger hive. It's been very dry in Texas since May and both of these colonies are really small, never filling out 2 deeps apiece (maybe 60% filled). I've been feeding 1-2 quarts every week. Both have some honey stores, but not much. The Italian queen has been somewhat of a better layer than the split-made queen. Should I combine the hives keeping only the Italian queen? Her hive has more frames of brood and honey in the upper deep. Whether I combine or not, should I move the filled frames down to fill out the lower deep, leaving more empty frames in the top deep? Or should I leave the bees to sort it out? If I'm unable to find the split-made queen, what's the best strategy for combining?