oyster shells?

I don't know if they can die or not but I always leave my oyster shell seperate from regular feed and they only eat it when they want to in the coop. This is with my regular hens and when I add pullets I don't remove it. None have died yet
* Mine got o-s quite a bit younger than that, but she'd already been eating sand and shellrock bits outside for sometime, being a feral.
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Yep, that's normal. Please learn that grit and oyster shells are totally different.

Grit is to help digest feed to the optimum level.

Oyster shell is fed to provide the calcium in the diet, that is needed from the stress of laying.

Both are important, however not related at all, and not to be confused as one or another.

so i should give them grit now and oyster shell later?
I need info on this topic, as well. With the starter chick crumbles do you need grit? I was under the assumption that you don't. Please advise.
(to the post above) for mine i didnt give them grit i just added a bit of water to make its soft.. the LOVE it ... they attack it... i even did a test, i put dry in and wet in ad they all ran straight to the wet food. silly chickens! HAHA

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