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.
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Keep chicks and other small poultry warm in the brooder.
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.
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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.
Mark S. Warnick Ph.D. (candidate)
Currently in dissertation phase