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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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.
Tina J from Kentucky
The chicks seem to love this. In the absence of a broody hen, this is a must! Much safer than hanging lights and has it's own safety features. I can see this lasting a lot longer than a similar pricier unit I purchased where the legs snap in and the plastic gets broken. The legs on this are super easy to adjust as the chicks grow. Bought 2 small ones for almost what one of the others cost. It's a benefit to have your chicks on a day/night cycle. Super easy and super cozy for the chicks.
Carol A from Fort Worth, Texas
Have had the small heating plate for a little over a week and LOVE it! My chicks were started on a heat lamp and I was able to turn it off and scoot them over to the plate. They went right under and are doing great! Didn't get the cover - I put some plastic wrap on the top and change it when it is dirty. I have 8 chicks under it. Highly recommend!
Patricia W from Southern Minnesota
We were a little leary of trying this, but had a scare with the red hanging heat bulb and thought we had to change. As soon as we put it in, the chicks all ran under it and immediately went to sleep! We couldn't believe how much they love it!
Now that we no longer have a light on 24/7, the chicks seem more well rested, in fact they don't get up until I turn the light on...one morning it was 10 AM! Another plus? When you go in to check on them in the morning, all you see are cute little sleeping heads sticking out.. Cuteness overload!