I've heard many people swear by them,better than heat lamps because they don't blow. I've always had chicks in my house so I don't think I have to worry about a blown heat bulb, I just don't think it is good to leave a light on them constant, they don't sleep and make to much noise, bad enough they stink, not as bad as ducklings but they eventually stink., decided to go with a premier heat plate, had many say they were not worth the expense, but I do not want to worry about a fire, or a blown heat bulb. What do you think? The way I figure it, heat bulbs cost and don't last forever, mine is still good but for how long? If those plates have a decent life I think they are worth it. If anything they might sleep at night instead of making tons of noise keeping me up, they only seem to sleep periodically and eat and make tons of noise at night with a heat lamp.
I dont know about the heat plate ..havent used it ..sounds good
My 1st chicks I had in the house & used those hot bulbs ..they always seemed to be too warm ..
after a week having the babies ...i covered them up with a blanket at night & turned off the lights ..
6 of them in the house at 70 degrees ..it was warm enough...they all cuddled up & went to sleep .
They were fine
so if I am incubating / raising chicks in the house I do this ...
I even used a regular 75 watt bulb in the bin & they were warm enough with just 2 chicks
chickens also get the idea that when it gets dark it is bed time