The Comfort heating plate mimics a mother hen by allowing chicks to gather under the plate and keep warm. The heating plate provides a steady, comfortable temperature surface chicks can contact and is rated at 22 watt compared to a standard 175/250 watt heat bulb, which means it costs less to operate than a standard heat lamp setup. Adjustable legs allow you to raise the plate to accommodate the chicks as they grow. A heating plate will also help chicks "harden off" and begin to grow their feathers quicker leading to a healthier bird. Suitable for chickens, ducks, pheasant and quail.
Features & Benefits:
- Mimics mother nature by providing a heat source chicks can gather under like a mother hen
- Adjustable legs allow height to be adjusted as chicks begin to grow
- Heat plates help chicks "harden off" quicker and start growing feathers leading to a healthier bird
- Costs less to operate than a standard heat lamp setup (22 watt vs. 175/250 watt)
- Dual Safety Features: 0.5 Amp resistance fuse and 248°F temperate fuse
Use with the Comfort Heating Plate Cover to prevent chicks from getting on top of the plate and creating a mess with droppings. Cover sold separate, not included with heating plate.
|Capacity||20-25 chicks||50-55 chicks|
|Dimensions||12"L x 12"W x 2"H (plate)||24"L x 16"W x 2"H (plate)|
|Min-Max Height||1" - 7" (to bottom of plate)||1" - 7" (to bottom of plate)|
|Power||110/120 VAC||110/120 VAC|
How high should I adjust the heating plate?
Bottom height of plate should be set even with the level of birds' backs. Check height weekly as birds grow and adjust accordingly. Birds should appear content and rest laying down or standing under the plate. If they are excessively "peeping", or refuse to go under or come out from underneath the plate, the height is not adjusted correctly.
Easy to Use!
MOUNTING THE LEGS
The legs have a top- and bottom side. This is easy to recognize as the topside is round and the bottom side has a black rubber support. Underneath the heating plate, in the four corners, there are movable brackets marked with “PUSH”. Push on the yellow bracket and move the head of the yellow leg from underneath the heating plate through the hole. Release the bracket when the preferred height is reached. Make sure that all legs have the same height.
TO USE THE HEATING PLATE
Put the plug in the power supply. The red LED will light up. It will take about one hour before the heating plate is completely warm. Now you can place the chicks underneath the heating plate.
WHAT’S THE BEST HEIGHT FOR THE LEGS?
Important to know is that a heating plate is not a heat source like a heat bulb. A heat bulb becomes very hot and radiates the heat downwards. A heating plate is completely different, as only the surface of the bottom side of the heating plate is warm. It is important that the chicks can touch the heating plate, especially when they are new born. For that reason the height adjustment is very crucial.
A good indication of the right height are the chicks. They show when they are satisfied. When they “peep” they are not satisfied. When they are silent and lay down relaxed they are satisfied. For the height adjustment, a good indication is the back height of the chicks. This has to be adjusted at least once a week as the chicks grow. The minimum height is 1.25 inches from the litter.
HOW DO YOUR CHICKS SHOW THAT THE HEIGHT OF THE HEATING PLATE IS CORRECT?
Good height: The height is correct when the chicks lay down underneath the heating plate and a few are standing. They give a satisfied impression and don’t peep. Sometimes they leave from underneath the heating plate.
Too high: When the heating plate is too high, the chicks are standing and won’t leave from underneath the heating plate. They “peep”.
Too low: When the heating plate is too low, the chicks won’t go under the heating plate as it is too warm. It is difficult to get underneath the heating plate, because the height is too low.
Some users think they need to use a thermometer to check the temperature underneath the heating plate. This is incorrect and not necessary. You don’t put a thermometer under a brooding hen either. The behavior of your chicks shows you if they are satisfied or not. It’s important that you frequently check their behavior.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HEATING PLATE AFTER USE
After each use cleaning is required with a wet cloth. If necessary, first clean the surface from any dirt with a scraper. Do not use water and don’t keep the heating plate under water.
We care about your safety. This heating plate has 2 safety facilities to avoid short circuiting and overheating. One is a resistance fuse 0.5Amp and a temperature fuse of 120°C.
Bear in mind to use this heating plate as intended. It should be used horizontally with topside up (see picture on the packaging). The 4 legs have to be used as indicated. The minimum height is 1.25 inches above the litter. Any other use (including when the product is opened or any change is made to the cable) or use without the legs, leads to the warranty being invalid and exceeds the responsibility of the producer.
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