Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
- Extra Small:
- Keeps up to 15 chicks warm
- 15 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 10" x 10"
- Keeps up to 20 chicks warm
- 22 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 12" x 12"
- Keeps up to 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- Height adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 1 year warranty
Heating plate advantages over a heat lamp:
- Uses much less electricity. Only 22 watts (66 for the larger plate) vs 175 or 250 watts for a heat lamp.
- Less risk of fire because of the much lower surface temperature (125°).
- A hen keeps chicks warm beneath a heat source. So does a heat plate.
The rugged plate cover (optional) prevents older chicks from perching on top and fouling the unit with droppings. However, the plate can be hand-washed to remove dust and debris.
How to Use
Height adjustment is important. As the chicks grow, use the adjustable legs to increase the height of the plate above the bedding and chicks.
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Patricia W from Southern Minnesota
We were a little leary of trying this, but had a scare with the red hanging heat bulb and thought we had to change. As soon as we put it in, the chicks all ran under it and immediately went to sleep! We couldn't believe how much they love it!
Now that we no longer have a light on 24/7, the chicks seem more well rested, in fact they don't get up until I turn the light on...one morning it was 10 AM! Another plus? When you go in to check on them in the morning, all you see are cute little sleeping heads sticking out.. Cuteness overload!
Dianne S from Oklahoma
We have both the large and small heating plates and will never turn back! They are energy efficient, and they only provide heat where it is needed, rather than the entire room like the heat bulbs do. Our chicks are calmer, healthier, and seem happier without the light glaring down on them. They instinctively know to go under the plate for warmth. Perfect!
Dianne S from Oklahoma
We purchased three large heating plates & three small plates. We skipped the covers thinking we'd just cover the plates with contact paper. Oh my, what a mess! We then ordered the plate covers, and though they are a little pricey, they have been worth every penny! They keep the chicks off the top of the plates, and they are sturdy. We would never have another heating plate without also having the cover!
Christopher S from Virginia
We purchased 2 of the large heating plates to use for indoor winter brooding of 100 chick batches of meat birds (Freedom Rangers). We have been extremely happy with these, because our chicks have been extremely happy! The birds appear to stay warm and satisfied (and quiet!), without piling up as they used to do under heat lamps. We also don't have to worry about constantly monitoring, raising, lowering, and turning on/off multiple heat lamps.
The units appear to be solidly made, and look like they will hold up well. Our farm may purchase more of these plates!
Bonnie Y from Ohio
I bought the large heating plate with cover this past spring. I used the brooder plate for a couple days in my indoor brooder area. Then I moved it outside in my moveable meat chicken pen on pasture. It was kind of pain to move the brooder plate each day to move the pen, but other than that, I am very impressed with the brooder plate. We started with 49 cornish rock crosses and when we butchered them at 12 weeks, we had 49 cornish rock crosses to put in the freezer. We did not lose one bird which is darn near impossible to do with Cornish Rock crosses especially on pasture. I also used the brooder plate for some laying pullets and some turkeys. I wish I would have had one of these years ago. Great product and it saves a lot of money on elecricity to and I don't have to replace brooder bulbs each year. five stars I may even buy another one.