I installed a new queen in a cage 4 weeks ago to a hive that was queenless. I followed all the same things that I have done in the past wait 48 hours pulled the cork, left them a lone for 2 weeks. I checked on them and bees were calm and busy. I never checked the cage they had built comb all around it and had the frame 1/2 full with comb, so figured she was out. I did not see any eggs or capped cells and I could not find her, but we have had 100+ temps for what seems like weeks in Kansas and my other queens have slowed their laying so I did not fret. I check the hive today (4 weeks since install of queen) and still no brood. Lots of capped honey but that is it, so I went to looking again and I started with the pile of bees around the cage. I'm sure you have guessed it by now she was never released. They had been caring for her through the cage. I removed the comb they built and checked the cage and their was a half of cork in the cage candy blocking the entrance. What a fool I am I never looked and just assumed when I pulled the whole cork 26 days ago. I opened the screen and see walked out and on to a frame with bees. I heard some noise and I think she was making it. All the bees around her were rubbing their antennas to hers as if to say "where have you been I missed you". I hope I have not done to much damage to this hive by my foolish mistake. Lesson learned always double check the cork and the cage. Just thought I would share my folly with the rest of you. I feel so discussed with myself. The farmer next door has left his alfalfa and has not cut it because of the heat. It is full of blooms so I hope they are hitting it as best they can.