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
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 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.
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Ms K from Kentucky
I use heat lamps for the most part but wanted to try this. We raise a small amount of poultry and the ducklings splatter water everywhere and have broken a couple of lights. It was easy to put together, but had to adjust it a couple of times so the ducklings would be happy. I should have bought the plastic cover, the little buggers quickly figured how to jump on top. My fix was to put an egg flat on top and that solved the problem. They seem to like it and I find them under it often. Will see how it does for chicks and turkeys too.
Jen W from Jen from MD
I started with a basic brooder lamp, but wanted to get something not only more energy efficient, safe, and something that would provide warm comfort to the chicks. I was thinking about another much more expensive option, but decided to try the small plate for half the cost. Very happy I did! The chicks love it, whenever they aren't running around, they are huddled underneath, and because the legs are easily adjustable, I make it like a "lean to" to a commute varying stages of growth in the modest flock. To keep the top clean, Saran cling wrap. Works like a charm. The chicks sleep better, are quieter, and really like this plate. Plus I don't have to worry about it getting too hot, they can simply move. Purchased the small, six chicks fit under with PLENTY of space. Highly recommend, will upgrade to large once we start hatching our own.
Becky S from Oklahoma
Excellent quality for the price. Love the ease of height adjustment. I'm using it for the first time now and have 7 Bantam Polish chicks under it. Great value for the price!
Tim B from washington
Just hatched some quail and am using the heating plate for the 1st time. I really like it and the baby birds do too. Average temp is 55 degrees. The chicks come out from under the plate to eat and drink and run around then go back under the plate to warm up and rest. They seem very comfortable and content. I like the reduced fire hazard and reduced power consumption. Very worth while purchase.
Janice J from California
I'm having some problems adjusting to this product. I hatch in small batches of about 6 chicks every week, so have a variety of ages together in the brooder. I haven't been able to adjust for different sizes of chicks. I've tried lowering one set of legs, I've tried putting a 4x4 piece of slate at one end for the shorter chicks to stand on. The larger chicks are doing very well, but I've had to take the smaller ones out, they weren't getting enough heat. I do like the day/night cycle, and I'm hoping I can find a way to make this work for my needs. An even smaller size, like 8x8 would be more usable for me.