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 30 chicks warm
- 42 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 16"
- Keeps up to 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- Height of all sizes adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 1 year warranty
Use a Dial-A-Temp to allow control of Premier's Heating Plates output between 105°F to 125°F or a Heating Plate Temperature Controller which allows control of Premier's Heating Plates output between 20% - 100% of full output.
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.
When the heating plate is plugged directly into the outlet, the red light comes on and stays on. When it is plugged into the heating plate temperature controller (#540229), it will blink based on the min/max adjustment. Slow blink toward minimum and quicker toward max. If you turn it all the way up, it will come on full time.
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Frank R from Indiana
I've had my plate for almost 2 months and have brooded quail and, now, ducklings with it. The savings in electricity vs. a 200W heat lamp is wonderful. The chicks liked it and grew just as well as with a lamp. Definitely buy the cover, though, unless you really want to clean additional poo. It doesn't take them long to get up on the top once they can thermoregulate a bit. I plan to buy several more in the future.
Jeanene from Florida
I used these heating plates for the first time, last month. I think the chicks enjoyed it, they were under it and on top. To keep the top from getting gross I used a silicone cooking sheet. It was easy to take the sink and wash off. For the other one, I used a paper towel. Not as great but kept the bulk of the mess off. I like to have a small light for the chicks at all time so I will swap heat bulb for a led and this should save a considerable amount of the electric bill. I got the small and it worked great in my plastic tubs.
Tracey S from Indiana
I bought the heat plate about 3 years ago. I love it and the peace of mind I have with the safety of this heat source verses a heat light. It is great that the legs can be adjusted in small increments or larger. The energy savings is great, too. I bought chicks very early this year, and they are doing great with the help of this heat plate. I did get the dome, which does its job of keeping chicks off the top of the plate.
Linda S from New Hampshire
Great product. The chicks figured it out quickly. Only down side that I have is that I cannot see the chicks all the time, but they are warm and cozy! Will definitely use this instead of costly heat lamps in the future.
Beverly/Hilda D from Illinois
We will use the cover for the heating place when we procure baby chicks in the spring. We look forward to a poopless top on the heating place.