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 30 chicks warm
- 42 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 16"
- Keeps up to 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- 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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Richard W from Florida
Bought the extra small and it is plenty large enough for my 7 chicks. Easy to set up and easy to use. Been using it for 5 days so far and the chicks seem to love it. They hunker down under it to sleep and stop in under it occasionally while they are moving around to warm up. I bought the lid and it stays clean. Very simple. I would buy it again.
Katherine A from Nova Scotia, Canada
Came quickly and in great packaging. Is easy to assemble and exactly as pictured/described. Chicks figured it out on the 1st night with no lamp and are loving it!
Bought the Large and am super happy I did, only ended up needing 1 for 23 ducklings! Now I have a spare.
Nancy from Pacific Northwest
Easy to assemble and use! We are using this while we are raising 7 ducklings in my hoop house. Once the sun goes down - the heating plate is turned on. All of the ducklings huddle under the heating plate which is a size small. They are very happy when they are underneath it and hardly make a noise now. Will be transitioning them out into a tractor soon and then we'll use it for our meat chickens for a short time.
Michelle F from Alberta, Canada
Absolutely fantastic. All of the wonderful reviews are true.
With the plate angled the chicks are able to decide where they want to be. They are so happy and quiet that I have to keep checking to see if they're still there :)
Highly recommend. I will be purchasing more as my hatches increase in size.
Jody W from New Jersey
I haven't actually used it for chicks yet. I did use it to warm a sick chicken. It is well built and easily adjustable. From experience, I would tell potential buyers to be sure to buy the plastic "cone" cover. Otherwise, chicks will get on top of it and make a horrible hard to clean mess.