Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
|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.
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Nadine N from Florida
Purchased the small heater! I will say it is easy to assemble, durable but the only issue I have is the bottom plate seems to get to hot. You need to keep it fairly high
Melissa P from New Hampshire
Greatly reduced my fear of fire. I know it's not fire proof but I can keep my hand on it so for me that's a plus. Kept my chicks nice and toasty and provided a shelter for them. Highly recommend getting the cover to keep the top of it "clean". Perfect size for my 12 chicks. Very easy to adjust to quickly growing chicks. My breeder showed me hers and I'll never buy a heat bulb again.
Ms K from Kentucky
I use heat lamps for the most part but wanted to try this. We raise a small amount of poultry and the ducklings splatter water everywhere and have broken a couple of lights. It was easy to put together, but had to adjust it a couple of times so the ducklings would be happy. I should have bought the plastic cover, the little buggers quickly figured how to jump on top. My fix was to put an egg flat on top and that solved the problem. They seem to like it and I find them under it often. Will see how it does for chicks and turkeys too.
Jen W from Jen from MD
I started with a basic brooder lamp, but wanted to get something not only more energy efficient, safe, and something that would provide warm comfort to the chicks. I was thinking about another much more expensive option, but decided to try the small plate for half the cost. Very happy I did! The chicks love it, whenever they aren't running around, they are huddled underneath, and because the legs are easily adjustable, I make it like a "lean to" to a commute varying stages of growth in the modest flock. To keep the top clean, Saran cling wrap. Works like a charm. The chicks sleep better, are quieter, and really like this plate. Plus I don't have to worry about it getting too hot, they can simply move. Purchased the small, six chicks fit under with PLENTY of space. Highly recommend, will upgrade to large once we start hatching our own.
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!