I"m new to this chicken thing and have two pullets and want to add two or three more. I'm not in this to breed or for meat, just for home grown eggs and something else to love. They will be more or less pets. Anyway, I was looking to add a few more and came across one online I like the look of, but she's missing a few feathers on her back and in the pictures I've received from the current owner, A LOT of the other chickens in the pen with her are missing feather. I zoomed in and I'm not sure if it's the new feathers coming in or black dots. I don't want to add a bird that has mites or someother funky thing going on with it so I asked the current owner what was up. They say its just moult. I know I'm new to this and have limited knowledge, but doesn't moulting take place in the fall?? Can someone offer some info here? I know it's hot right now ( here in Fla its been around 90-100 every day for the last week - - finally "cooled down" to mid 80's today due to storms). Can that be a reason for a whole flock to moult?