My home made heat plate/electric hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Emmet Mcknight, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Emmet Mcknight

    Emmet Mcknight Out Of The Brooder

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    I had seen these heat plates/electric hens for sale online, I read that there was potential issues with them being to hot to touch and the fear of burning chicks.

    I didn't want to have a 250w heat lamp burning 24/7 so I made my own heat 'plate' it cost me about £3 or $5, its basically a stainless steel dog bowl fitted with a 15w pigmy lamp and I cut a light weight aluminium or aluminum disc the same diameter as the bowl which acts as a radiant cover, the cover sits 1/4" off the lamp. Its constantly between 100 and 105 at the warmest point directly below the lamp, I can move it up and down and as close or as far as I want too the chicks. I can hold the back of my hand to the plate without any discomfort and it cant get any warmer due to malfunction ect.

    I currently have 8 Pekin Bantams in the brooder as of today and they are all huddled underneath the plate pushing up against it.
     
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    What a great idea :thumbsup

    I use the Brinsea Eco glows and love them. I feel they are safer that the lamps with less fire risk. As is your heat plate. I find the chicks get a good nights sleep too with these as because there is no light they get Into a natural sleep pattern. When it's bed time it's bed time for them. It also makes them less noisy at night when lights are out.
     
  3. ChickChick55

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    Great idea. Could use this to keep water from freezing., by placing the water holder on it.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Wonders how hot that thing gets on the top?
    Am picturing blistered little chicken feets.
     
  5. Emmet Mcknight

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    No, it's not much warmer than the bottom, I can hold the back of my hand to it with no discomfort at all, the bulb is in a ceramic holder so there is no direct heat transfer, they can jump on top now at 2 weeks and regularly roost on there.
     

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