need perch rod opinions

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madattiver
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Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

After several winters in the elements my perch rods are starting to look in poor shape. I am planning on replacing them this year with new ones. Being a very visual person I thought it would be best to model them in 3D first before actually building them. I will have three rods going through a center post at 60 degrees. The hitch is i don't know if I like them closer spaced (2" on center) or at a larger spacing (6" on center). I have attached some pictures to start the conversation and get some opinions from you all.

Thanks in advance!

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Adam
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madattiver
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Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

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Adam
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madattiver
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Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

6" spacing

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Adam
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madattiver
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Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

2" spacing

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Mhoover
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Martin Colony History: Started with 2 pair in 2014 - 7 eggs -7 fledged

I have my perch rods on a 2 inch spacing and the martins really enjoy them. They probably would enjoy them just as much on a 6 inch spacing. They just like to perch on top of the pole.
2017-5 pair
2016-4 pair- 18 hatched-18 fledged
2015-1 pair -Both ASY- 6 eggs-5 fledged
2014-2 pair- 1 ASY-M/SY-F-1 ASY pair - 7 eggs-7 fledged

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Spiderman
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2" spacing should work fine. I bought some 6' Fiberglas rods years ago from a hardware store and they have weathered the elements really well. They are raw Fiberglas and require a couple of coats of paint so they will not splinter over time.

They were pretty inexpensive also.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
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