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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Michelle F from Alberta, Canada
Absolutely fantastic. All of the wonderful reviews are true.
With the plate angled the chicks are able to decide where they want to be. They are so happy and quiet that I have to keep checking to see if they're still there :)
Highly recommend. I will be purchasing more as my hatches increase in size.
Jody W from New Jersey
I haven't actually used it for chicks yet. I did use it to warm a sick chicken. It is well built and easily adjustable. From experience, I would tell potential buyers to be sure to buy the plastic "cone" cover. Otherwise, chicks will get on top of it and make a horrible hard to clean mess.
Jeff V from Michigan
Good idea... but it fails... The device gets dangerously hot... the plate at the side reaches 128 degrees... that would cause 3rd degree burns after 20 seconds of contact. It is even hotter in the center. I am going to put a dimmer switch on it so I can use it. (thankfully i have the expertise to do so) because I have chicks and have no other option. Otherwise it would be going back. Very disappointed. I purchased 4 of these. Very bad unsafe product.
Meghann R from Illinois
Chicks seem to like it a lot! They are under there most of the time and quiet! I have it set higher on one side because the chicks are a little different in size. So far I really like this plate!
Darran J from Ontario, Canada
Once you use one of these you will never go back to using a heat lamp. The chicks have never been so quiet which means they’re happy! I have to or the largest size and both of them combined use have as much power as my old heat lamp! After introducing my chicks to their water container I placed each one under the heating plate and they learned right away. I have mine set so the front legs are a little higher than the back and find this the best solution when brooding 40+ chicks per heating plate. A must for me now!