Ok I have been reading posts and thinking that I don't want to mess with this whole lice and mites thing. Not at all. Ok so my questions is can I use tea tree oil or other essential oils as a preventative. Mist them with it. The reason I ask is tea tree oil is very effective on lice. Not sure on mites but I don't see why it would not be. It works on humans better than chemicals. My kids came home with them one time from a play date. Uggg so after burning a few things, washing everything in hot water. and coating their heads for 8 hours in olive oil and tea tree oil we never saw any again. As a prevenative now I spray the kids with tea tree oil when they go to on play dates, scout meetings, ect. Yes I am paranoid but they are just ucky. So can I do the same kind of thing for the chickens? Its a light misting of tea tree not a soaking their feathers in it or anything. A mist not a soaking!! Can i also mist their bedding or just stick with DE?