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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Shannon R from Florida
Failed after less than 8 hours, nearly killed my chicks from the chill. I had the foresight to set up a standard ceramic heat bulb on the other side of the pen so it didn’t drop too low but my cat woke me up at 6am screaming because the babies were in trouble. If not for the cat and the second bulb, the chicks would probably be dead.
Tiffany B from South Carolina
Perfect brooder plate! Super easy to set up & so much safer than the typical heat lamps. Unless you use the Prima heat lamps! (I just prefer this method for my chicks over the Prima.)
Phyllis M from Colorado
I have three of these radiant heaters and they work perfectly.
Ashlee P from Kentucky
Works perfectly! The chicks love it and I love the reduced fire risk. Would buy again.
The cover fits well, is a sturdy plastic. Definitely worth cost to me to not have to clean poo off the heating plate.
Cody K from Wisconsin
The heat plate is great, legs are fragile. Would be better if the legs were solid plastic rather than hollow. Small issue that is easily fixed, but an issue none the less.