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 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- Height adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 1 year warranty
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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Nadja v from Wisconsin
I always used heat lamps and liked them but was leary of using them in the house. You always worry about something bad happening and the babies get chilled if the lamp would quit working or worse, starting a house fire. So I thought I'd try the 12x12 heating plate. To my surprise it works great. I have call ducklings and bantam chicks I raise. They took to it well. But you have to make sure that you keep raising the legs every week. Appearently I didn't raise them enough because my first batch of ducklings, a few had a small bald spot on top of their head which filled in since. I have since purchased two more heating plates and like them very much.
Chris W from Ohio
I am a first-time chicken owner (seven beautiful hens). We commute almost two hours daily to and from work, so I was anxious about using a light bulb in the brooder and the potential for fire hazards. I did a lot of research and decided to go with a heating plate and ultimately decided on this one (12" x 12"), mostly because of the cost (much less than on Amazon and uses less wattage to run vs. a heat lamp) and the positive reviews, and also because the heating plate is a more natural environment for the chicks, mimicking a mama hen where the chicks can crawl under it to get warm. I am very glad I chose this heating plate! My girls took to it right away! I like the fact that when the sun goes down, they would head for the plate to go to sleep, whereas a heat lamp is on 24/7. The chicks also like to lounge on top of the plate as well as use it for a launching pad for learning to fly. I highly recommend using some sort of cover on the top of the plate because getting the excrement off of it is quite a task. I purchased the plastic top that goes with the heating plate but ultimately I ended up not using it; instead I cut a few pieces of rubber shelf liner to fit on top since the girls like to congregate there and I didn't want to take that space away from them. By day four, they really weren't sleeping under it anymore but would still run under the plate to warm up. I was a little concerned that I was unable to adjust the temperature of the plate, but raising the height of the plate as the chicks grew worked just fine. So in a nutshell, my girls are happy with the heating plate and so am I! One more word, the description says the 12" x 12" plate can fit up to 20 chicks. That is only applicable to the first few days after hatching, they grow fast and all 7 of my girls (4.5 weeks old) could not all fit under it if they needed to, but that is a nonissue for me. I highly recommend this product! :)
Rebecca from New England
its a great concept, and the quality seems fine, ducklings are happy. my complaint has to do with the size. i bought the small, sized for 20 chicks. yes, i know ducklings are bigger. at hatch, i could only fit 8 ducklings under there. (i knew i would be starting with 10 or less ducklings) 2 1/2 weeks later, the legs are fully extended and only 4 ducklings fit under there. i need leg extensions. do they even make those? currently its too cold for them to be in the barn so they are in my kitchen which is less than ideal. if i move them to the barn, i will need a heat lamp so that defeats the whole purpose of buying this. for the price it should be suitable for longer period if time. i recommend the product, but size up.
Martha S from Virginia
LOVE this. My chicks last year were the most well adjusted ever. They had good nights with lots of rest and transitioned outside great. On very cold nights I put the heater plate in the coop in case they needed it. They've stayed together as a very coherent and peaceful flock. Using the plate again this year.
Bobileigh L from North Carolina
Peace of mind! Worrying about heat lamps and bulbs kept me up at night. Did any bulbs blow last night? Are my chicks all dead this morning? No more worries about that. Also, the birds sleep at night!! This is a huge deal. Now they only scatter and waste food during the day! Haha! They also transition from the brooder more easily.
I haven't been using this product long enough to comment on longevity.