Gov. Kate Brown today signed a bill freeing egg-laying hens from cages.
Senate Bill 1019 requires commercial farms with 3,000 or more chickens to go cage-free and prevents the purchase or sale of caged eggs, in places such as grocery stores and restaurants, starting in 2024.
The bill also requires that farms provide enrichments for hens, including perches, scratching areas, nest boxes and dust baths. It follows guidelines from the United Egg Producers and will allow them to fulfill their natural instincts no longer confined to a cage with floor space the size of a sheet of paper.
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