Most people like calm birds. I think that is the biggest reason they aren't more popular.
What isn't well known when people hear they're 'flighty', is that if they aren't closely confined, they get calm by the time they mature. If in small enclosures, they're very nervous.
Unless they're handled daily their whole life, they just won't become a bird you can walk up to and pick up without a struggle.
The plus side is that their wariness, aloofness and alertness makes them among the best birds to avoid daytime predation.
Most pet chicken people just will never be happy with them.
After over 30 breeds, they are by far my favorite. Probably for exactly the reason others don't like them.
Add to that, they're productive birds, dark eggs, occasional broodiness, unique comb and earlobe - to me makes for a winning combination.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/2/16 at 7:42am