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
- Yellow legs: 9.5"L
- ABS plastic
- Cord: 70"L
- 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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Rebecca K from Wisconsin
10/10 recommend this product. The adjustable legs are easy to use and perfect for growing chicks. We have one side lower than the other so chicks can chose how close to the plate they want to be (and thus how warm). We used to use heat lamps but I always worried about the potential for fire or the birds getting too close. We didn't buy the plastic cover but instead just taped up some cardboard to prevent them from sitting (and pooping) on top.
Kent W from Washington
It's very simple to use. The chicks loved it. I raised 15 chicks with the 12x12 version. Space has not been a issue. Definatly the best heat source for a brooder.
No cover just put cardboard on top to keep the poop off it. That poop that misses the cardboard. Wipes off with a damp cloth.
Douglas R from Massachusetts
I bought the small heat plate and cover. I was concerned about leaving a heat lamp unattended at the house all day, and the heating plate is the perfect solution and the chicks love it! I don't think it took them 10 minutes to figure out that it was warm and cozy underneath.
I also highly recommend the cover. The chicks like to lay up on top, and they do everything else up there too. :) The cover keeps the top nice and clean and keeps them from roosting up there.
Thanks for a great product.
Justin R from North Carolina
I have the small heat plate and I love it. I purchased the top cover too and it's worked out perfectly. It only takes the chicks a couple minutes to figure out that it's a heat source and boy do they love it. I have 15 chicks they have plenty of room to move around under it. Well worth the purchase.
A must, I have one medium heat plate, three Large heat plates. Unless you want to wash the top every day. This is well worth the money to keep your chicks from standing on top and using it for a toilet. I have had my Large heat plates for a year and they have paid for their selves already.