Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
An alternative to a heat lamp. Less of a fire risk. A heating plate simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.
Heating Plate & Cover Dimensions (both sold separately):
- Extra Small: 10" x 10"
- Small: 12" x 12"
- Medium: 16" x 16"
- Large: 16" x 24"
|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.
Heating Plates and Covers
Heating Plate Temperature ControlItem #540229 -
Manually control the heat output of Premier's heating plates for poultry$14.00
Waterers and Accessories
Chick Nipple Drinker, 0.26 gal capacityItem #540224 -
To keep water clean and fresh. Nipple drinker sits or hangs above the litter so water is always clean.$6.00
Brooder Kits and Panels
Disposable Brooder Panel, eachItem #530150 -
Build a safe, secure chick brooder using modular brooder panels. Quick to assemble with disposable and reusable options.$2.10
Brooder Kits and Panels
Reusable Brooder Panel, eachItem #530155 -
Build a safe, secure chick brooder using modular brooder panels. Quick to assemble with disposable and reusable options.$5.70
Heating Plates and Covers
Replacement Leg for Heating Plates, eachItem #5402032 -
A safer alternative to a heat lamp. A heating plate, or hover heater, simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.$3.80
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Will C from North Carolina
Really like the convenience of the cover and now the top of the heating plate stays clean.
David E from California
I love my heating plate. It’s much simpler than a light and I feel safer with it on than a heat lamp. The chicks love it too. They sleep under it and I only had to show them once that it was warm. I bought the temperature control but found I really did not need it. I just leave it on max all the time. I’ll never use a heat lamp again.
Oliver D from Wisconsin
My package shipped INCREDIBLY quickly and came in in perfect condition. By my own fault, I had ordered the brooders far later than I should have, and I thought that I would have to run out and pick up an extra heat lamp to hold me over until the plates came in, but they showed up 2–3 days before I expected them! Totally saved my tail.
Both my chickens and quail love them though. I see them huddled under and napping on top all throughout the day. They definitely seem much more comfortable with this product than they did the heat lamps I had used in the past. The adjustable legs seem super sturdy, and are very user friendly too. This product (and Premier’s service) has been fantastic for me so far—ESPECIALLY for the very reasonable price.
Melanie S from Manitoba, Canada
Easy to use, keeps my chicks warm. Seems to be really well built for the price. Less expensive than many other ones the same size that I looked at. Well worth the purchase. Shipped and arrived very quickly after it was ordered.
Josh C from Ohio
I have a lot of these heat plates now and they work great. I hatch many different chicks year around and have been looking to make the switch to heat plates in order to conserve on energy costs. Not only am I saving money but the chicks are MUCH friendlier and less skittish than chicks raised on heat lamps. Very happy with my purchase and I will be back for more soon.