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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I definitely recommend a heat plate over a heat lamp. It gives the chicks a normal day/night cycle and appears that the chicks are healthier and more confident. They appear to feather earlier and are much better able to regulate their own warmth needs. It also gives them a place to hide under their "mamma" like they would with a broody. (Of course, I'd always choose a broody hen as first choice, but when none of the ladies is cooperating this is a great "second-best".)
I am disappointed that Premier does not sell the temperature controller for US as my plate was very hot to the touch - hot enough to burn my hand. Since I was unable to get the temperature controller, I used a lamp dimmer switch cord with mine with great success.
I'm also disappointed that they are not stocking the Extra Large plate at this time as I'd love to purchase a second plate to use with meat chicks this spring and the other models are too small to brood a dozen at a time.
Leslie P from North Carolina
This is our first year trying out the chicken thing, and the 250 watt heat lamp I had in my basement for the brooder made me nervous--both for fire and energy cost. I found this, and took pause a little because of the cost, but I thought it would be worth it. My chicks love it! I know it is going to cost so much less to operate it, it should last for awhile, there is no way it would start a fire, and it seems so much more natural for the chicks. I think everyone with a brooder box should invest in one of these. Even though they are more than a typical heat lamp, these are much less expensive than several of the other low energy options.
Liza S from West Virginia
This has been awesome for my babies. I have used this indoors and in my outdoor cellar house for Chicks, poults and Guineas. It's pretty cool in the cellar and the chicks come and go under it in the brooder as needed. So much safer than heat lamps. I plan on buying another this year.
Justin B from Virginia
Great product so far, chicks love it, a lot cheaper on the electric bill and a lot safer! Good price as well compared to other similar products. definitely recommend the cover to keep the poop off the top.
Ruth I from Washington State
So far not so good. It cannot be used outside and there is no temperature controller. I wish I had known this before I purchased.
I want to use this with the chicks in the garage where the temperature will be fluctuating. I asked Premier 1 about purchasing the temperature control mentioned in the manual. They replied there isn't one I need to adjust the legs. Like that is going to happen, UGH!
I gave it two stars because I like the concept, it seems far more natural than using a heat lamp.