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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Sandra P from New York
I purchased the small heating plate for 6 chicks. They love it and run under it for warmth and protection, as they would their mother. This is the best, most logical, multi-purpose product for chicks. I am so thankful for researching, and finding this product. It is safe to leave it turned on all the time, even if the inside house temp seems very warm to us. The chicks at 6 days old, run to it for protection/security, jump up on top of it, flap their wings and practice take-offs. Wonderful product, worth every cent.
Geoffrey A from New Hampshire
This model was purchased to replace/supplement a smaller Brinsea that the chicks couldn't all fit under anymore. I purchased the large plate and use it for 12 chicks.
The first thing I noticed is this plate gets much hotter than the Brinsea. It also has MANY more height adjustments so it was much easier to tune to the chicks. Since some of my chicks are different sizes, I propped one side of the plate up on blocks. This allows the larger chicks more room and the smaller chicks still have the plate close to them.
I did not get the top to the plate and the larger chicks seem to prefer sleeping on top rather than under. Perhaps they get a little heat through the top as well. They are quiet and content, so whatever suits them. It does make for a lot of chick poo on the top of the plate, but it scrapes right off. If you don't allow them access to the top (using the cover), then you lose a lot of space in the brooder and perhaps a preferable sleeping spot.
I'm glad I got this. If I get more meat birds in the fall, I may pick up another. I bought this due to my heat lamp fire concern. In all, I feel it's a better plate than the Brinsea due to size, price, and heat output (I'll put the next batch in the coop instead of the house because I believe they'll have enough heat). I've had this unit for a few weeks now.
Claire R from California
I bought the small plate, which is plenty big for my four chicks. It's worked great. The only time I had unhappy chicks was when I didn't raise it soon enough. The little peepers grow so fast! Once I raised it and reminded them how cozy it was underneath, they went right back to using it. It is poopy on top, but I'll clean it when they're done with it. I love not having to constantly worry that my heat lamp is too close or too far or going to start a fire.
Jesse T from Michigan
Best investment you can make for brooding chicks. They absolutely love this design. No issues with smothering one another like with a heat lamp.
Phyllis K from Michigan
It is a great product. Wish I had known about it years ago. What a life saver for young chicks