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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Diane A from Texas
I have purchased 3 of these heating plates and am very happy with them. I also ordered the thermostat that you can plug them into which is a life saver.
Kay V from Georgia
I have a Brinsea also for 50 chicks. This one is also rated for 50 chicks and is bigger, the legs raise higher and was less expensive than the Brinsea. The legs are stronger and I like the way they attach and adjust better than Brinsea. However the Brinsea has a thermosat with it.
I kept the legs high to allow heat control and was able to keep them outside in porch cage. Nite temps here were running 40°F to 50°F. The top cover is a must and keeps the top clean. Sticker they put on one side was confusing, as it labeled the top as the bottom. The metal goes down.
Kerry P from Massachusetts
I have 3 different heating plates. 1 from Tractor Supply and another off brand. This one works great and is very consistent based on the room temperature. It’s not on its own thermostat though, which is kind of crazy if you ask me for the price. Also for the price, why can’t they just include the cord that alters the current flow so that you can have it not so hot in hotter environments? I mean they have it, just include it. It is necessary to have. I have a much cheaper one (my 3rd brand) and it comes with a regulator built in!
If your room is 70°F or higher you will need the regulator to lower the temp, or if you are using a small area like a tote, you’ll need it for the little ones because it can get over 100°F. Use a hygrometer that connects to WiFi so you know and it will send you warnings.
Hannah G from Virginia
Definitely worth the money! I 100% recommend, my chicks stay warm all night and day.
Charles F from Mississippi
It works flawlessly. The chicks love it. They sleep all night with a peep. It is used outside with no problem in a very open coop.