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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Tess N from British Columbia, Canada
Absolutely revolutionized our set up. Chicks can finally rest at night—no bright red light on them all hours of the day. I’m loving the reduced fire hazard too! Brilliant, totally worth the money!
Lila D from Louisiana
I absolutely love this heating plate. I have the large unit and 41 chicks. They are always content so it must be doing its job. When used without the cover it can get a bit messy but nothing that a wipe down with a wet cloth can’t handle. I’m very glad I made this investment.
Denise S from New Jersey
In the past I've used the big red heat bulb but I was always nervous about it potentially falling into the shavings and starting a fire. I just purchased the medium plate and dome cover for 30 chicks and so far its working beautifully! They stayed underneath the plate on day 1 mostly and now on day 3 while some are under the plate others are eating and drinking. I feel much safer with this than the old big red bulbs!
The cover is easy to place on top of the plate and hopefully it deters the chicks from hopping on top of the plate!
William C from Virginia
I bought the small heating plate for 20 chicks and am using it for 10, which works out well because even when the chicks get older they still like to get under it and they still have room. I've always been a little afraid heating lamps will start a fire so this has really given us peace of mind. And the chicks love it!
Brandon P from Arkansas
This is very thin and I don’t think it is worth $44. Maybe $25.