Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
An alternative to a heat lamp. Less of a fire risk. A heating plate simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.
Heating Plate & Cover Dimensions (both sold separately):
- Extra Small: 10" x 10"
- Small: 12" x 12"
- Medium: 16" x 16"
- Large: 16" x 24"
|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.
Heating Plates and Covers
Heating Plate Temperature ControlItem #540229 -
Manually control the heat output of Premier's heating plates for poultry$14.00
Waterers and Accessories
Chick Nipple Drinker, 0.26 gal capacityItem #540224 -
To keep water clean and fresh. Nipple drinker sits or hangs above the litter so water is always clean.$6.00
Brooder Kits and Panels
Disposable Brooder Panel, eachItem #530150 -
Build a safe, secure chick brooder using modular brooder panels. Quick to assemble with disposable and reusable options.$2.10
Brooder Kits and Panels
Reusable Brooder Panel, eachItem #530155 -
Build a safe, secure chick brooder using modular brooder panels. Quick to assemble with disposable and reusable options.$5.70
Heating Plates and Covers
Replacement Leg for Heating Plates, eachItem #5402032 -
A safer alternative to a heat lamp. A heating plate, or hover heater, simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.$3.80
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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.
Audrey H from Arkansas
This is the best purchase I have made in 35 years of raising chicks. Weather here awful- bantam chicks arrived from post office stressed and too cold to put in barn. Thankfully brooder arrived day before the chicks due to premier's excellent service. I spread old towels on tile floor in living room, put brooder guard up and started chicks in floor. Was able to watch them closely and keep them warm with less death loss. Best brooder ever.
Tina J from Kentucky
The chicks seem to love this. In the absence of a broody hen, this is a must! Much safer than hanging lights and has it's own safety features. I can see this lasting a lot longer than a similar pricier unit I purchased where the legs snap in and the plastic gets broken. The legs on this are super easy to adjust as the chicks grow. Bought 2 small ones for almost what one of the others cost. It's a benefit to have your chicks on a day/night cycle. Super easy and super cozy for the chicks.