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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Leslie F from California
I love that this heat plate does not have the limitation of having to be used in areas above 50 degrees like the Brinsea one. I’m using it outside to transition chicks to their coop. The height adjustment also works easily. I like it.
Diane C from Illinois
Product description did not mention heater would not be enough in cold barn.
Abigayle L from Georgia
I am giving this three stars for fire safety and the economy of use, in terms of electrical. I found that my chicks stayed under it way too much. I could not watch them. I ended up adding a heat lamp at the other end of the brooder, so they would run around, eat and drink. At night, you still need a little lamp with a red bulb, so they don’t pile tightly together, out of fear of darkness. This heater will do well when I put them out in their coop, as I won’t have to worry about fire. If the power went off, I could run it on a small amount of solar.
Kimberly D from Wisconsin
Just purchased 2 of the large heating plates. We already own 2 and love them! We feel they are much easier on the electric bill, safer, and the chicks seem to do well with the ability to completely leave the heat if they want. We like the ease of adjustment with the legs as well. Sturdy product, well worth the cost.
Kevin H from California
I bought both medium and large heating plates as we don't always need such a large plate. We’re currently using the medium for 20 new layers and there’s still plenty of room even at 3 weeks old. The cover is a must, the entire unit is clean. Also the much lower energy use over heat lamps is something that I think is overlooked. These will pay for themselves over time!