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In some chickens, the gene for feather color is controlled by co-dominance. The allele for black is B and the allele for white is W. The heterozygous phenotype is black and white checkers.
What is the genotype for black chickens?
What is the genotype for white chickens?
What is the genotype for checkered chickens?



If two checkered chickens were crossed, what is the probability that:
They would have a black chick? __%
They would have a white chick? __%

Thank you so much :) I need help figuring out how to do these, I'm not looking for just an answer.

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Hi Emily
First we set up a table as follows:
  Let B = Black
      b = white
  Phenotypes    Genotypes
   Black         BB
   white         bb
   Checkered     Bb

 Now set up a punnett square and fill it in
     B        b
 B  BB        Bb


 b  Bb        bb

 Now you calculate the % ages and let me know what your answers are

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