I have 6 poults who are 14 weeks old today. My concern is that their combs are not the brillant red I see in other peoples pics. They never have been since I got them as babies. They are kind of a very pale, sort of flesh colored pink. But now they have started losing feathers. I know it's molt time but do first years molt? They also ruffle up their feathers so I was wondering about mites but can't find any. I have noticed some leg mites and am treating those. I haven't been able to locate any mites in the coop but have cleaned and treated just in case. Now, we are super hot, in the upper 90's-100's every day and only mid 70's at night. I have several different heat tolerant breeds. They have plenty of deep, dark shade and are eating well, growing, and drinkng well. I know worming is hard on them, but they have never been wormed so I was thinking of doing it just as a precaution. I was going to use Ivomectrin in case there are mites and I'd rather do it now before they start laying then after when I can't use the eggs. I really don't want to wait any longer to eat the first million dollar egg. Do you think it's just the heat? To worm or not to worm? Something else?Over protective chicken rookie? Suggestions are welcome!