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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Gary W from Texas
This is my first time raising chickens. I had some concerns of fire and stress on the chickens from using a heat lamp so after much research I learned that using the plate mimics a hen. The plate feels very heavy duty. I've been using it for about a week and the chicks seem to like it. I have 16 chicks and they all fit under it still. I'm very happy with this product and very glad I decided on it. If I ever need another one I will definitely purchase this brand again.
Charlotte L from Oklahoma
These heat plates and covers are the best thing out there for keeping chicks warm. Low electricity use, safe, and the covers make them 100% easy to use with no clean up issues. Love them!
Oh, and very fast shipping!
Becky O from Iowa
What a wonderful product! I have never had such calm and content chicks before. The look so serene when I check them throughout the day, it makes me smile. I love that I don't have to worry about them on these cool Spring nights or worry about a bulb burning out. I have had the chicks for a week now and they are already starting to feather out, and so far no "pasty butt", which has always been a problem for me. This has made the job of caring for chicks much easier.
Sherri from California
This is probably the best purchase I've made this year. I no longer worry about if the brooder light adjustments have failed and the light is pointing the wrong way, leaving the chicks with too much or not enough heat. I purchased the small size to give it a try, but plan on purchasing more for the varied stages of chicks. I had a couple of new arrivals and since I had raised the legs of the plate for my older chicks I found that a temporary fix was to use a small box with sides that did not touch the plate for the tiny ones, that seemed to hold more heat for them and a few of the larger chicks decided to crawl into the box with them. Love this item and the small size is much more versatile than the large one, so I am very happy.
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.