I decided I couldn't wait a week to check to see if the queen had been released, so I opened my hive this afternoon.
The queen had been released, but the combs were running in the direction the queen cage was hanging, which was at right angles to the bars. I tried to twist some of the combs straight, but most of them fell to the bottom of the hive. (They sure can build a lot of comb in five days)!
I closed up the hive, and called a beekeeper I know. He said that he would come by on Monday and help me straighten out the mess.
Then I thought I should go ahead and remove the comb, rather than open the hive in a couple of days to see if they were building straight. Might as well take care of everything while the hive and I are both stressed.
I opened the hive and pulled the comb out, brushing as many bees as I could back into the hive, and putting the comb and remaining bees into a bucket. I couldn't spot the queen among any of them. After I closed the hive, I brushed the rest of the bees off the comb and brought it inside.
None of the comb seemed to be brood comb, (some unripened honey and pollen), and I didn't see the queen. Should I worry about that five days in?
I'm going to leave the bees alone until Monday, and then I'll take another look with my beekeeping acquaintance.
I never knew that becoming a beekeeper would feel so traumatic, but I can see how fun it will be if my bees begin to build their combs straight.