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.
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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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.
Leslie S from Ohio
This is a marvelous invention! So much safer than a lamp, and obviously better for the chicks' sense of security. My chicks are so quiet and calm! The only noise they make is that little contented peeping in their throats. They can control their own temperatures and feel safe with somewhere dark to hide. They also get to sleep in the dark instead of bright light 24/7. It's the next best thing to a live hen. Very easy to use and adjust the height. I (and my chicks) are very happy with it!