Brooder plate questions/ issues

Folly's place

10 Years
Sep 13, 2011
southern Michigan
This spring I bought the Premier 16" brooder plate, set it up, and things seemed okay. Some chicks died the night after they arrived, but I thought shipping stress, so not good but it happens. After the first three days, everyone did fine.
The end of August I got it back out for fewer chicks, ten meat birds from TSC. After an hour in the brooder, they were all huddled away from the brooder plate where I'd set them on arrival. I felt the underside, and it was TOO HOT to leave my had there! No wonder the chicks left it!
I went back to the heat lamp for them.
So, I turned it over and placed a thermometer on it in the center; over 120F, and near the edge, 118F. No hen is that hot, and the directions say that the chicks should be able to be in contact with the plate. Not this plate!
I looked at the manufacturer's site, and called Premier, and this is 'normal' for the unit. So rather than return it, I got the temperature regulator gadget that they now sell (wonder why!) and have fiddled with it, and can get down to a reasonable temp on the plate.
Anyone else with this story?
A friend has the 12" plate, and it goes to 80F, and her chicks do fine.

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jan 30, 2015
I tend to make the front legs slightly longer than the rear legs, thus giving a gradient of temps and I’ve never had issues.

The idea of setting and forgetting is not wise. Observing chick behaviour is always the most effective way of knowing if they are fine or not.


Feb 25, 2017
New Market, VA
I use this brand but I have the extra small size. I've never had a problem with chicks getting too hot, because they have plenty of space to move around in the brooder. They self-regulate. It's possible that wherever your brooder was, it could have been too warm to need supplemental heat.

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