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.
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Shannon H from Kansas
This is a great product. Uses less energy than a heat lamp and is much safer too. Our chicks sleep so quietly at night. I purchased the cover to go with it too. I love that it is easily adjustable to accommodate the chicks as they grow. Fast shipping too! ! !
Lynne H from Tennessee
We have both the large and the small plates. The small is just big enough for 20 chicks. Definitely get the cover. The chicks sleep so quietly all night long... much better than when we used the heat lamp. The large is quite a bit hotter than the small, but chicks seem to know how to adjust themselves to keep at the perfect temperature.
Laurie M from California
Wonderful product. Much better than the heat lamp we were using. I echo the other commentors who say the sizing suggested by the manufacturer is generous. I bought a large for 12 chicks and that seems about right. It did NOT come with the cover that keeps the chicks from jumping up on it so be aware of that.
Mike D from Kansas
Love these....lower electric usage plus safer. Have several of the large ones and chicks are comfy and happy. Large says good for up to 50 but I think that's a bit over stated...up to 40 is more appropriate by my experience. Definitely go with the covers...tried them first without and I was cleaning them off frequently.
Taylor Y from Virginia
We ordered 2 of the large plates in time for our chick arrival. About 2 hours after plugging them in, the tops of the plates (the black plastic part) bubbled up, one about 6 inches! After calling Premier, they sent us 2 new plates and paid for shipping to send the defective plates back. Unfortunately, we had to use our old heat lamps during a cold spell. We've now been using them for a week, and the new ones have functioned well. Great customer service from Premier, but I'm a little leery trusting the plates.