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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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!
Tim B from washington
Just hatched some quail and am using the heating plate for the 1st time. I really like it and the baby birds do too. Average temp is 55 degrees. The chicks come out from under the plate to eat and drink and run around then go back under the plate to warm up and rest. They seem very comfortable and content. I like the reduced fire hazard and reduced power consumption. Very worth while purchase.
Janice J from California
I'm having some problems adjusting to this product. I hatch in small batches of about 6 chicks every week, so have a variety of ages together in the brooder. I haven't been able to adjust for different sizes of chicks. I've tried lowering one set of legs, I've tried putting a 4x4 piece of slate at one end for the shorter chicks to stand on. The larger chicks are doing very well, but I've had to take the smaller ones out, they weren't getting enough heat. I do like the day/night cycle, and I'm hoping I can find a way to make this work for my needs. An even smaller size, like 8x8 would be more usable for me.
Audrey H from Arkansas
This is the best purchase I have made in 35 years of raising chicks. Weather here awful- bantam chicks arrived from post office stressed and too cold to put in barn. Thankfully brooder arrived day before the chicks due to premier's excellent service. I spread old towels on tile floor in living room, put brooder guard up and started chicks in floor. Was able to watch them closely and keep them warm with less death loss. Best brooder ever.