Egg Laying Hens

Senate Bill (SB) 805 was signed into law on June 17, 2011 with the intent of transitioning commercial egg farms in Oregon to the use of larger cages and enriched colony systems that may include cage-free production systems.

  • The bill prohibits the sale (distribution) of eggs or egg products into or within Oregon from hens that were confined during the production of the egg in an enclosure that fails to comply with requirements in the new law. 
  • The bill directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to adopt rules that regulated the manner in which commercial egg producers in Oregon confine egg-laying hens. 
  • The rules also outline new documentation requirements for commercial egg-laying farms, distributors, and purchasers (other than the retail end-user) of eggs or egg products.


American Humane Association website


OAR 603-018: Rules for egg-laying hens housed in cages

Law or rule

Oregon Legislature (2011) Senate Bill 805


ORS 632: Eggs

Law or rule



Jason Barber
Director of Internal Services and Consumer Protection
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4767