That's a good point about the bugs and stuff though, I didn't even think about that being sort of "meat" for chickens. So since they eat both does it really matter too much the source of the protein? They don't usually say it anyway, right? They'll definitely get tons of bugs and things though.
I'm glad you mentioned about scraps and stuff too because I hadn't really realized that just commercial food the eggs would still be pale. I mean, I was planning on giving them scraps and/or free ranging them anyway but I didn't think about the eggs being pale if they didn't.
As for the second bit, that makes a lot of sense! Seems like I should probably definitely avoid that one then. So do they need the oyster right away, like all along, or only when they get close to laying? And for the grit, I'm guessing I do need to provide it then? I think I'll probably free range them and our yard is large so I'm sure they'll find lots of stones and if not, we have gravel fill at the bottom of the driveway because we had a sinkhole last year and got extra and that's good sized with smaller stuff mixex in and my mom has stones at most of the entrances so plenty for them, albeit maybe a bit big, so would those be okay or should I still provide the grit? If I kept them confined I'd probably provide it