The first essay assigned for the year is a compare/contrast essay and i have a great idea. Lets compare and contrast two breeds of chickens in a sort of "deadliest warrior" competition. for those of you who have never seen the show, they do tests to see the high and low qualities of both sides in a number of categories and pit them against each other. they then compile the data and crunch the numbers and at the end it is a dramatized battle between the two sides to choose a victor. Obviously we won't be staging a virtual cockfight but i want to find your guys opinions on two breeds of chicken to put them to the test. This will be on a backyard flock basis only, since this is BACKYARD chickens, and our categories are the things anyone would consider when choosing a breed for their backyard flock. (if i forget anything that should be a category let me know.) My categories are: Meatiness, laying ability, temperament, hardiness to hot and cold, ability to be confined, attractiveness, and most importantly, ultimate profitability. The two breeds i'm putting beak to beak are the hometown classic White Leghorn and the rare and often faked Ameraucana. Obviously both breeds have huge advantages over one another, but i could see this competition getting pretty close when it gets down to the wire. Enthusiasts from both sides have at it! i'm really looking forward to seeing your opinions and having plenty of research for my paper. oh and if any of you guys has a copy of the new standard of perfection i'd like to have the data on both of them because i dont have one nor can i get it; but it is an amazingly credible source for my paper.