Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
|Plate Item #||540207||540203||540241||540204|
|Cover Item #||5402078||540205||540242||540206|
|Capacity||Up to 15 chicks||Up to 20 chicks||Up to 30 chicks||Up to 50 chicks|
|Plate & Cover||10" x 10"||12" x 12"||16" x 16"||16" x 24"|
|Cover Height||3.5"||5"||7"||7"||Watts||15 watts/hr||22 watts/hr||42 watts/hr||66 watts/hr|
Height of all sizes adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs. ABS plastic. Cord: 70"L
Use 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 15 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 (only 125°).
- Field observation: Birds raised under plates appear more calm than those raised under lamps.
The rugged plate cover (optional and sold above) prevents older chicks from perching on top and fouling the unit with droppings. However, the plate can be hand-washed (do not submerge in water) to remove dust and debris.
How to Use
Worried that the plate feels hot to the touch? It isn't. If chicks get too warm, they can and do move out from under it for a time. Don't overcrowd—chicks need to have space to move around as they like.
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, 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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Shannon R from New York
We bought six large sized units. One of the units has an electrical short. Although I have only used it for less than two seasons Premier 1 says that they will not replace it. Very disappointing for an expensive product. Customer support is lacking.
David K from Maine
I have 6 of the large plates. They are very durable and work great. The only problem is where the cord attaches to plate. It breaks off if not reinforced by a glue gun. I still would buy these over any other heater.
Allan T from California
A wonderful alternative to heat lamps. Uses way less energy which is important in our solar home. The chicks go under it as they would a mother hen.
Melinda M from Texas
After a near miss accident with a traditional heat lamp, I ordered the heating plate and cover. The chickens seem very happy and I have peace of mind.
Jeremy J from Michigan
Currently using it on 9 layer chicks. It has worked very well so far. I have the chicks in an uninsulated out-building and they seemed just fine after a couple of April nights in the lower 30s. I can’t say anything about the longevity of the product yet, but I’ve been very pleased so far.