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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Renee E from Iowa
I have used this for two years, and really love it, as do the chicks! I was nervous about not using a light, but works like a dream. We do have to replace one leg that had broke, but fairly inexpensive. No complaints here.
Audrey S from Oregon
I really love this product. I bought the additional cover and flet that was absolutely worth it, since it kept babies off the plate. I worked as described, and the adjustable legs were easy to use, if one was patient. They could be a little tricky to get exactly even in height, but this was just being patient and counting clicks.
I did have older chicks want to use the cord as a roost/swing -so this meant positioning the heat plate to minimize the cord drooping. This was the only drawback -but just required positioning. I used two plates in a large brooder, and made one a little higher, so the bigger chicks and smaller chicks had an option.
So much more piece of mind than worrying about a heat lamp!!!
Kristen B from North Carolina
I have all three sizes (1 large, 2 small, and 1 extra small), and could not be happier with them. First, they use a LOT less electricity than heat lamps. Second, they only heat up underneath them, rather than the entire brooder/room, so the chicks do much better and seem to grow faster and be healthier than when I used lamps. They can go to and away from the heat as they need to much easier than with the heat lamps. Third, they actually have a clear day/night cycle since there is no glaring light bulb hanging over them 24/7. Last, they can be adjusted easily as the chicks grow, and you can have one side slightly higher than the other just by adjusting the legs on each side, if need be (if you have bantams and large fowl chicks together, or different age groups, for example).
I also have the covers for all of the plates. I would not have it any other way. The first plate I bought without the cover and having to clean it up afterwards was less than pleasant. Not something I want to do. It's definitely worth it to get the covers.
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.