JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- A new bill that requires farmers with more than 3,000 chickens to raise their animals cage-free is a step in the right direction, one local farm says.
Deck Family Farm in Junction City, which has around 1,000 chickens and produces around 300 eggs a day, said they won’t directly be affected by the new law, which Gov. Kate Brown recently signed.
However, they said the transition to cage-free chickens will benefit the animals and encourage people to make healthier choices when buying groceries.
At their farm, they pasture-raise their chickens. They said the animals are given open fields for roaming and laying eggs. By doing this, they are able to raise chickens naturally and feed them organically.
Farm owner Christine Deck said once the large farms take the chickens out of battery cages, it will cost them more to raise their animals cage-free.
She said it will likely raise egg prices for all grocery stores, and one Eugene shopper thinks that could impact low-income families.
"I have to speak from a point where I can afford that,” says Jenna Galvez. “I know there's families who don't necessarily have the money to buy always organic or always thinking about the treatment of animals, but I do think as it becomes the norm, the prices will go back down."
The bill doesn’t go into effect until 2024.
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