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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Carolyn M from Texas
So far so good. This is my fourth year to raise chicks and I used the standard heat lamp for the previous three years. I saw the great reviews for the heat plates and bought the medium and large sized plates. I picked up my new chicks this week and the heat plates are working very well. The temperature in my brooder shed dropped to 36 degrees and all of my chicks were warm and snug under the plate. They do seem more content - awake and active during the day and sleeping quietly at the night. I have not seen any chicks with pasty butt yet which I experienced using heat lamps. This product is working out very well for me.
Martha S from Virginia
One of the advantages of this is the chicks are awake during the day - really awake and active - and sleep at night since there's no light. They grew faster, were happier, and were more mature. Our chicks did prefer to roost on the plate instead of underneath it. I felt they must be warm enough, and they did adjust to cooler temperatures vey fast. I put some plastic wrap on the plate and would remove it in the morning.
Chicks were very happy, healthy and bonded beautifully. Very natural. Plus I put them outside much earlier and on cold nights put the plate in their roosting spot. Happy little campers! And they began egg laying early too.
Bill R from Texas
This is an amazing invention. Been raising chicks for a long time. Have had bulbs burn out, melt stuff, fall out and start fires, overheat chicks, etc. The heat plate works flawlessly, doesn't stress the chicks and makes for happy little birds!
Kathy B from Wisconsin
Excellent product, much better and safer than heat lamp. The chicks are very happy and content under the plate. I purchased the large so the 25 chicks I ordered would have plenty of space.
David P from Pennsylvania
Our 20 chicks really enjoy their new Premier 1 and our teens did also. The cover was a must for chicks poop on everything and will perch on everything. Will be purchasing the Large heat plate to add to our larger brooder. Will cut electric bill and be safer. Win/win.