Which Came First?

Some less-than-successful chicken-related news from the March 11, 1900 Skidmore Standard:

Nearly a month ago, J. H. Grigsby, John Gray and O. F. Hutchison purchased an incubator with a capacity of 202 eggs.  They prepared the machine, regulated it and set it. Monday was the time for hatching and three very eager men closely watched the wooden hen, listening for the chirps of the little chicks which they confidently expected to be soon breaking out of the shells.  One lone chicken, blind in one eye, appeared.  They waited and waited but one was all; and that night they would have sold the incubator for half the purchase price and gladly thrown in their experience.