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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Asha J from California
Love this product! No chance of fire, and the chicks get normal intervals of light and darkness. I bought the nipple waterer to set on top and it works great. Chicks seem happier. At first I thought it was kind of expensive compared to a lamp, but it is totally worth the money.
Suzanna G from Oklahoma
We love this product. We were getting up at night checking the heat lamp and the temperature. This is so much easier and the chicks love it too. We did not buy the cover. Another reviewer mentioned using silicone baking mats on top for extra space in the brooder and we decided to copy the idea. The chicks hang out on top during the day and it’s easy to clean off. This was a great investment.
Lynn H from Texas
So far I really like this and my ducks do also. I like not worrying about a light falling and starting a fire or hurting a bird.
Frank R from Indiana
I've had my plate for almost 2 months and have brooded quail and, now, ducklings with it. The savings in electricity vs. a 200W heat lamp is wonderful. The chicks liked it and grew just as well as with a lamp. Definitely buy the cover, though, unless you really want to clean additional poo. It doesn't take them long to get up on the top once they can thermoregulate a bit. I plan to buy several more in the future.
Jeanene from Florida
I used these heating plates for the first time, last month. I think the chicks enjoyed it, they were under it and on top. To keep the top from getting gross I used a silicone cooking sheet. It was easy to take the sink and wash off. For the other one, I used a paper towel. Not as great but kept the bulk of the mess off. I like to have a small light for the chicks at all time so I will swap heat bulb for a led and this should save a considerable amount of the electric bill. I got the small and it worked great in my plastic tubs.