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
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 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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Steven R from New Hampshire
Doesn't get as warm as i expected so i still had to use a heat lamp. I put their food and water on the plate and they don't get them dirty or filled with shavings. Seems to work well as they also have more room on the floor of the cage to move around. Plastic top of plate is easy to clean.
Tanya B from Washington
So far so good! The chicks love it, and they get to spend the night in the dark as nature intended. : )
Jason I from Georgia
We added the medium plate and cover. We are awaiting our next delivery so we can use it but it is very heavy duty and high quality.
Rebecca K from Wisconsin
10/10 recommend this product. The adjustable legs are easy to use and perfect for growing chicks. We have one side lower than the other so chicks can chose how close to the plate they want to be (and thus how warm). We used to use heat lamps but I always worried about the potential for fire or the birds getting too close. We didn't buy the plastic cover but instead just taped up some cardboard to prevent them from sitting (and pooping) on top.
Kent W from Washington
It's very simple to use. The chicks loved it. I raised 15 chicks with the 12x12 version. Space has not been a issue. Definatly the best heat source for a brooder.
No cover just put cardboard on top to keep the poop off it. That poop that misses the cardboard. Wipes off with a damp cloth.