1) The young of game birds, especially grouse, a dialect form of ‘poult’.
1609 buying ... 12 moorpowtes, 11 doves, 20 fowls, Northolme
1637 moore Game in abundance both black & red ... and young pootes upon the moores, Sheffield
1653 Not a poute left on all the mores soe we are idell, Stockeld
c.1730 some young poots, Meltham.