Brooder Plate Issues

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EmmZ95, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. EmmZ95

    EmmZ95 In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2019
    Northeast Ohio
    Hey! So my name is Emily and I am BRAND new to chickens, but I'm super excited. I read a bunch of reviews on here about how brooder played are better than a heat lamp so I went ahead and bought one. I ended up going with the Brinsea EcoGlow Safety 600. When it arrived I plugged it in to test it out. I came back to it about an hour later and it isn't very hot. It is definitely working because when I touch the plate with my hand it is hot to the touch but not as hot as i would have thought it would be. The temperature is not adjustable you just raise or lower the plate depending on the chicks actions. Does anyone else have this plate or a similar one? Is it working correctly? Thank you!
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  2. BeckyEggy

    BeckyEggy In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2019
    I have the comfort chicks brooder which is very similar in design to yours. Your right they don't feel very warm when you slip a hand underneath, I'd expected there to be more warmth. That said my chicks (and the odd duck) have always been warm under there. I will sometimes raise one side and have the other set at the lowest so they can pick how warm they want to be whilst also being under shelter for the sense of safety.

    When I've pulled a chick out from under it they are always very warm. If ever I've set it too high they make a lot of noise and as soon as I lower it they stop.
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  3. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

    Dec 4, 2018
    Portland, Oregon
    Bear in mind that the heating plate is supposed to mimic a broody hen. If you put a hand on her, she wouldn't feel 'hot' as much as 'nice and warm'.
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