Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
- Extra Small:
- Keeps up to 15 chicks warm
- 15 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 10" x 10"
- Cover height: 3.5"
- Keeps up to 20 chicks warm
- 22 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 12" x 12"
- Cover height: 5"
- Keeps up to 30 chicks warm
- 42 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 16"
- Cover height: 7"
- Keeps up to 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- Cover height: 7"
- Height of all sizes adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs
- Yellow legs: 9.5"L
- ABS plastic
- Cord: 70"L
- 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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Taylor P from Illinois
Product came in a very timely manner. I have not used it yet, but in setting up my first brooder with a heat lamp and leaving the house all day to test it for temperature, it just left a pit in my stomach. What if the heat lamp goes out and I lose my precious babies? What if somehow it moves and hits against the cardboard or bedding and creates a fire? I think its a sound investment giving peace of mind and a more natural feeling heat source for the chicks.
Kay S from Massachusetts
Only four stars because I haven't used it yet; my chicks arrive in late March. But I was very impressed with the construction and design. Looking forward to setting it up. In this area there have been multiple barn fires many with loss of livestock in the past few weeks and all but one was attributed to an unattended heat lamp (one was faulty electrical wiring). No heat lamps for me!
David M from Missouri
Haven't had a chance to use it so as to give a completely accurate review but have talked to several that use these and only heard good things. But as far as service and getting the product to us the experience has been great.
Scott A from Massachusetts
I bought the 16x24 heat plate and top. My chicks hatched 3 days ago and it is like they knew what to do. What a great product, it's like having a mother hen. I would highly recommend this product. I have used heat bulbs in the past but this is a much better and safer idea. Also saves on your electricity.
Catherine H from Michigan
I bought the large heating plate and cover for my last batch of chicks and so glad I did. It worked well in keeping them warm and the plate was easy to adjust as they grew. I didn't have to be concerned about them being too warm or not warm enough. Great product.