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Heating Plates and Covers

An alternative to a heat lamp, a heating plate simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers. Chicks stay warm touching the underside of the plate.

Note: Heating plate and cover as shown in photo at right both sold separately.


540203 Heating Plate, small In Stock 5.00 $49.00
540204 Heating Plate, large In Stock 7.45 $71.00
540205 Plate Cover, small In Stock 0.50 $17.00
540206 Plate Cover, large In Stock 1.35 $27.00

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Common Uses

Keep chicks and other small poultry warm in the brooder.


  • Heating plate is made of ABS plastic.
  • Polyurethane insulation.
  • Cover is transparent PET; can be hand washed to remove dust and debris.
  • Very sturdy.
  • Small plate is rated at 22 watts and warms up to 20 chicks.
  • Large plate is rated at 62 watts up to 50 chicks.
  • 110v.

  • Large plate—16" x 24" x 1.5"-6"
  • Small plate—12" x 12" x 1.5"-6"
  • Cover for the small plate 12" x 12" x 4.5"
  • Cover for the large plate 16" x 24" x 7"

  • Warranty

    1 year manufacturer warranty.


    Note: A heating plate is not a heat source like a heat bulb; it is completely different. A heat bulb becomes very hot and radiates heat downward. By contrast, the bottom-side surface of the heating plate is warm, but not hot. To work effectively, chicks must touch the heating plate, especially when they are newly hatched. For that reason, the height adjustment is crucial.

    Allow plate 1 hour to heat the unit before placing the chicks under it. As the chicks grow, increase height of the plate above the bedding with the adjustable push-button legs. Minimum height from bedding is 1 inch.

    Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5
    Number of Reviews: 4 customers reviewed this product.

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    Date: July 28, 2014
    Daniel C from Kentucky
    Would you recommend this product? Yes
    Great for price, far better than bulbs. I grew up around poultry since I was an infant. My father was the local 4-H agent for many years and we raised our fair share of birds. Mostly with light bulbs and occasionally with hens. But both had major draw backs. One required constant supervision, the other was risky once birds were hatched.

    I have tried a couple of brands of heating plates and feel both have design perks and flaws. But both are far better than any other product available.

    I like the added bonus of a cover for these(and very much recommend). It makes cleaning a lot easier.

    I like the spring adjusted/set height options(I don't like screw legs).

    My main concern with the product is the amount of heat distributed on the surface of the plate. It feels too hot for chicks. But what I end up doing is using this for birds which can produce some heat on their own. Mine works great for birds that are 3 weeks or older. They do not make contact, but the ambient heat works well for them.

    The price is the main selling point. This is a far better price for a similar product, and it does do the job.
    Date: June 10, 2014
    Martha G from Virginia
    Would you recommend this product? Yes
    I am a newbie chicken hobbyist. After research, I bought a small heating plate in preparation for a starting flock of 7 day-old chicks which arrived this morning. They were peeping like crazy after their trip in the mail, but after a snack, they settled in very quietly under the plate. Three hours later, they are freely going in and out from under it, eating, drinking, exploring their surroundings and visibly stronger (can hop onto top of plate which they couldn't at first - should have ordered a cover!). Happy chix; happy owner.
    Date: June 4, 2014
    Bonnie Y from Bonnie J from Ohio
    Would you recommend this product? Yes
    Happy with this product so far. Got the heat plate and immediately put it in with some week old turkey poults which had been under the heat lamp. The poults were scared of the heat plate at first but then after a couple hours, they went under the plate and you couldn't hear a thing. They were very happy. I really like the fact that the heat plate uses so much less energy and there is so much less fire hazard. I will be putting some Black Australorp chicks under the heat plate next week and I think the heat plate will do well. After that we will be putting broiler chicks under the heat plate. Also the cover worked great, no poo on the heat plate.
    Date: April 28, 2014
    Mark W from Illinois
    Would you recommend this product? Yes
    I was a bit skeptical when I bought the heating plate, but I was looking for an alternative to the constant moving and adding and removing of light bulbs to find the right heat. This was especially problematic in my unheated garage. A friend of my wife told me about the heating plate stating it was the best purchase she ever made for chicks, and I thought I would try it. My first batch this year was 35 Rhode Island Red chicks, and not only did the heat plate perform, but exceeded my expectations. I now have 50 Cornish-Rock cross chicks that are in my homemade brooder, and they are happy as a clam with the heat plate. Next week, I will be ordering another heat plate because I am ordering another 50 Cornish-Rock for my best friend and my Pastor and starting them in two weeks. As far as recommending this heat plate, ... I swear by it, and my electric bill was way cheaper than previous years. I did put an energy saver bulb in the brooder to give the little bundles of joy some light (I think it is only humane). Because of the low wattage used, I am going to run some tests to see how it does running on a small solar system. If it does work well on solar (which I believe it will), I may just build a permanent brooder house and put a couple of heat plates in. One word of warning: As the chicks get older, they like to roost on top of the plate. This doesn't seem to hurt the plate, but you will have to clean chick poop off of the top of the plate. I opted out to clean rather than pay the extra for the cover. This would be a personal choice depending on how much work you do or do not want to do. Thanks so much Premier 1 for carrying this product!

    Mark S. Warnick Ph.D. (candidate)
    Currently in dissertation phase