Is anyone using the Premier "heat plate" brooder for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SIMZ, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry about your hen! I'm glad it's working out with the heat plate, though. It's sounds adorable!
     
  3. 4stakes

    4stakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you keep the saran wrap on the brooder? tape?
     
  4. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use saran wrap press-n-seal - much more durable.
     
  5. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got my Premier heat plate in yesterday. I had to get the smaller one since the large one was out of stock. I plugged it in to see how it works, seems to work just fine. Sitting on the kitchen table, you could feel that right under it the table was warm, but not hot. The area around the plate was still cool. The underside did not feel overly hot to me either.


    So, had to try it out for real! [​IMG]

    Here it is, set up in my watermelon brooder. Can anyone spot my chicks? They shouldn't be hard to find, I have 15 of them in there.

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    OH! There they are!!

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    I was worried the small one would not be big enough. On my box, it says this size is good for 20-25 chicks. I don't know how well it will fit when they get older, but should be fine. Right now they range in age from 4 days to 11 days.


    I really like the heat plate. The chicks hunker down and barely cheep at all. I think they like it too well. I go out every hour or so and move the heat plate so they will get up and eat/drink.

    Here's a few shots taken while they are under the heat plate.

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    They seem to have plenty of room. Here's a shot of them line dancing! LOL

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    I do have the front raised up a couple of notches higher than the back. I also had to put them underneath to start with. Once they found out how nice and warm it was, they settled down and got comfy.

    I love it so far. I'll report back in a week or so and let everyone know how its working.
     
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  6. melroseladi

    melroseladi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to get another large one for the outside brooder I am in the middle of building but I don't want to make the investment without knowing what ambient temp it is good for. I sent Premier an email last night asking them. They emailed back this morning saying they did not know but are going to check on it with the manufacturer and would get back to me. While I am in Florida we do get some cold nights and I really don't want to have to use heat lamps anymore. I want to be able to keep the chicks indoors for 7-10 days to make sure they have a good start and then move them to the outdoor brooder so I really am going to need at least 2 heat plates.

    Penny
     
  7. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using mine since yesterday. LOVE IT!

    I got the babies home, showed one how to get under it and the rest followed. Within half an hour of purchase, they were sound asleep! I have never seen chicks settle down so quickly.

    Today they've been out and about a lot, I really expected them to be under there more. They've been rather cheepey, but hey, that's their choice... they go under it if they need to.

    They actually already managed to climb on top (and poop on it). One chick jumped off and tried to flap it's little wing nubs haha. Jumped half a foot!
     
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  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Tomtommom, I'm glad your chicks are enjoying it. I would imagine they will come out and play pretty often like when a hen has them.
     
  9. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The most remarkable thing is their day/night cycle. The moment it starts getting darker and the house quiets down as the kids go to bed (7pm), they go to bed too. Not a single sound from under that plate until the alarm clock goes off in the morning.

    Quite the difference from the nights with the red lamp and there would be chicken shenanigans all night.
     
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  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I noticed that for broody chicks too...night time is bed time, not eating, drinking and running around time. Children grow more in their sleep and I'm sure it's true of chicks as well, with a long rest cycle and then daylight activity. I'm so glad you all are reporting on this plate as I just bought one of these for my bestie and I want it to be a safe and worry free way for her to brood her chicks. She was worried about a heat lamp.
     
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