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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Colette K from Michigan
Worth every penny!!! We invested in the large heating plate and cover, even though we only had 24 chicks. We invested in a large as we may raise more than 24 chicks next season. The heating plate is so much easier and safer to use than heat-lamp bulbs and the chicks are much healthier and happier too. The best part was that I was able to do away with brooding in a tub and put them directly in the coop using this heating plate with large shave pine bedding.
I set the legs for the chicks first week at about 3/4 extended and at just over a week, moved the legs to all the way up. If it was a colder night I just piled more bedding up under it.
Its awesome the heating plate is only 66 watts per hour as we had no problem running a stringer of heavy (12 gauge indoor/outdoor) extension cords to the coop to power it. And our coop is about 150' away from an outlet and it all worked great! We had some very cold nights (35º) and the less than a week old chicks did just fine hanging out under it.
I also invested in the thermostat for the heat plate to progress the heat accordingly as the chicks grew and the weather warmed or cooled at night.
I highly recommend investing in the cover too as the chicks WILL make a 'hot' mess of your investment if you don't.
Our meat chicks are three weeks as I write this review, and I have removed the heat plate for the season. The heat plate and cover cleanup up for storage very nicely. I used a little windex sprayed on paper towel (not on the unit) to clean it all off and put back in the box it came in to store it. All the birds are doing great and are hanging out in the outside yard during the day now. I highly recommend investing in one of these particularly for meat bird brooding, although I have no doubt it would be great for any birds such as ducks, geese, or pheasants as well.
Mickey F from California
Does what you expect. I purchased two one worked amazing and the other one’s red light burned out within 24 hours of use an I had to constantly keep lifting the plate to check an make sure it was warm... it was frustrating.
Kylie E from New York
I love my heating plates for my chicks! I love the idea of have something where the heat source is close to the chicks and acts just like momma hen. I haven't lost a single chick with these as the can freely leave the heat any time and I find weaning them off heat easier!
Greg B from Oklahoma
Works as advertised. Much safer than a traditional heat lamp. The chicks were attracted to it almost immediately.
Susan R from Pennsylvania