Heating Plate Starter Kit for Chicks
A basic brooder kit that is warmed with a heating plate. Heating plates warm at the base to simulate a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers. As the chicks grow, use the adjustable legs to increase the height of the plate above the bedding and chicks.
Our starter kits include everything the flockmaster needs to set up a small brooder for up to 24 chicks: Heat source, reusable brooder panels, feeder, waterer, chick stand and starter feed.
The underside of the heating plate is warm, but not hot—the chicks go under the plate so it almost touches their backs. This is similar to how a mother hen keeps her chicks warm.
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 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
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Amanda S from Maine
As much as I am happy with my purchase this item was back-ordered till May. I was fine with that but it came mid-July and I never got an email update or any option to cancel it. My chicks hatched in May. Haven’t used it. It will wait till 2021.
Matthew W from Rhode Island
I’m not a person who writes reviews, but this is the perfect starter kit. Big fan of the heating plate. This was a great purchase.
Stephen W from Tennessee
I had always used a heat lamp in my brooder but i thought I'd give the warming plate a try. It is great. I simply adjust the plate based on the chicks size and they just pop their little butts under there if they get cold. It's just like watching them run over to momma hen and bundle up underneath. Good product!!
Judy B from Oklahoma
I was almost tardy ordering my kit with chicks coming in the mail. Initially some of the parts did not fit and some were missing (rough USPS) but when I expressed my disappointment Premier's customer service was so quick to act that the new kit came the same day as my chicks! They are all doing fine and growing fast! Don't worry about ordering from Premier. If you have any problems they are on top of it yesterday!
Nancy P from South Carolina
This is the first time I've ordered from Premier 1, and I am impressed with the brooder kit! The heating plate with the cover is the only way to go. I have used other brooder type heating plates- and believe me it makes clean up quicker and easier!