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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Betsy T from Wisconsin
I love this thing. The chicks are content and it's easier to set up than a heat lamp, no problems suspending it from a skyhook. I like that the chicks experience night time dark.
Rhonda F from New York
Excellent product! Very roomy for large hatches and the chicks love it.
Candy & Chad S from Oklahoma
I love this product. Have owned larger ones for years, recently bought another smaller one for small hatches or chicks that need to be separated. Chicks and goslings are more content and sleep more with these than lights. I think they are healthier. They eat less! I guess because they don't constantly have a bright light disrupting their sleep? No fire danger. Just can't say enough good about them.
Jesus T from Texas
Chicks took to it naturally. Amazing!
Kate F from British Columbia, Canada
This product never fails me! It is a wonderful size for a small hatch of chicks. They love to snuggle under it. It is easy to clean if you get the plastic top, as the chicks can't stand and poop on it.