I have a chicken with leg mites. Not a bad case, but it needs to be dealt with. I tried just using coconut oil for several weeks, but it did not seem to have had much affect. I'm not interested in using petroleum products (Vaseline), wd-40 (read the DANGER! label on the can regarding "skin contact"), or lab created medications. I'm specifically looking for a natural approach. I'm not saying others are wrong for using these methods, its their right. I'm just saying I have the right to choose a more natural method. I have read that people have had success with using tea tree oil because it will kill the eggs and the mites. But from what I have searched and read I am getting conflicting information. Some one said they apply pure tea tree oil and others say they dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil. I understand tea tree oil is a very powerful product, so does it need to be diluted or directly applied? If it needs to be diluted then what is the proper ratio of oils? Also, is it necessary to clean and prep the area before starting treatment?