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 50 chicks warm
- 66 watts/hr
- Plate & Cover: 16" x 24"
- Height adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs
- ABS plastic
- Cord length: 70"
- 1 year warranty
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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So glad I bought this product. I will never go back to those metal brooder lamps and bulbs. I used to worry the light would fall or cause a fire but with this heat plate everyone can relax. Even the chicks! They come and go from the heat as they need it, just as they would with a real hen momma. It is very quick and simple to adjust the height as they grow. I keep mine slightly higher in front than back to allow for bigger or smaller hatch mates to find a comfortable spot. The top surface is a favorite place for chicks to sit so it gets messy quickly. If you don't want to clean it daily you may want to get a cover.
I like the idea of the cover to keep the dust and debris off of the plate. It will be easier to clean and it will protect the plate, making it last for yrs to come.
This is the best investment we have made for raising chicks. Our chicks came last Wed. and we haven't lost one, there is usually a small amt that over the first few days don't survive but ours are all happy and healthy. Plus, I don't have to worry about the safety of the heat bulb and I get a lower electric bill. Win/win for us!
This heating plate is by far the best design on the market today and I have tried several. It's super easy to adjust the height with just a click of a button. It's durable (I haven't worn one out yet)and the price is also the best I have found. Premier1 shipped promptly and it arrived before I was expecting it.
I lost half of my flock in July to a racoon including most of the 8 chicks I raised in april. I wanted to purchase a brooder after I raised this year's chicks. When this happened I searched for an inexpensive one for just a few chicks. This brought me to Primier1. The order came quickly, in time for the new chicks. I also got the cover to keep it clean. My chicks are doing beautifly! The temp is perfect and no danger of fire. I did make a little 'skirt' which goes around 3 sides of the brooder. This gives the chicks more of a 'hen' feel. The price was the best and free shipping!