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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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!
Shannon H from Kansas
This is a great product. Uses less energy than a heat lamp and is much safer too. Our chicks sleep so quietly at night. I purchased the cover to go with it too. I love that it is easily adjustable to accommodate the chicks as they grow. Fast shipping too! ! !
Lynne H from Tennessee
We have both the large and the small plates. The small is just big enough for 20 chicks. Definitely get the cover. The chicks sleep so quietly all night long... much better than when we used the heat lamp. The large is quite a bit hotter than the small, but chicks seem to know how to adjust themselves to keep at the perfect temperature.